Thanks @Norcalbaker. You have.such vast knowledge about the baking industry.
Don’t worry yourself over it, there’s no such thing as French vanilla or French vanilla cake. French vanilla refers to ice cream not cake.
There’s two types of vanilla ice cream. The Philadelphia style is made with a base of heavy cream and milk. This type of ice cream is labeled “vanilla.”
The French came up with a different way to make vanilla ice cream. They use an egg custard base which creates a richer ice cream. Since this method originated with the French it became known as “French vanilla.”
Those who offer “French vanilla cake” are either using the name without an understanding of vanilla and baking fundamentals, or worse, deliberately misrepresenting their product. Which is easy to do since most consumers don’t know there’s no variety of vanilla known as “French”; that French vanilla refers to an ice cream method, and there’s no such thing as a French vanilla cake. But when they see “French vanilla cake” they incorrectly assume everything “French” is a better quality, so French vanilla cake must be a better vanilla cake.
Vanilla is not native to Europe, and there is no climate in Europe in which it can be cultivated.
All vanilla is native South and central America. The vanilla that is cultivated in Madagascar is Mexican vanilla… Vanilla cultivated in Tahiti is from Guatemala.
Nice! you are so informative. It's really good to know the information you've said.
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