Victorian dating customs
The conceit is carried further by mounding the cream over small pieces of cake stuck to the main roll, to represent trimmed branches.
The ends of the roll and the cut faces of the branches are finished with vanilla cream, imitating pale newly cut wood, and the whole is decorated with leaves made from icing, or meringue mushrooms." ---Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson, [Oxford University Press: Oxford] 1999 (p.
Under British rule, the practice was initially tolerated.
) is derived from the name of the goddess Sati, who self-immolated because she was unable to bear her father Daksha's humiliation to her husband Shiva.
The term sati was originally interpreted as "chaste woman".
That's when thinly rolled sponge cakes filled with jam or cream and covered with buttercream icing begin to show up in European cook books.
Marzipan and meringue, typically employed for decorative purposes, date to the Medieval Ages and the 17th century respectively.
Under sustained campaigning against Sati by Christian missionaries such as William Carey and Brahmin Hindu reformers such as Ram Mohan Roy, the provincial government banned Sati in 1829.