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Capital of CakeThere are plenty of ways to eat cake...

...but only one place to do it – the North York Moors!

Britain’s ‘Capital of Cake’ has an incredible number of places where you can enjoy a slice or two of the nation’s favourite tasty treat. Whether you’re a walker, cyclist, holidaymaker or foodie, you’re invited to tuck in to delicious confections, local bakes, classic cakes and regional specialities.

Teashops in tranquil villages, cottage B&Bs and walled gardens, afternoon tea in stately homes and historic houses, not to mention hotels, pubs, cafés and bakeries – all put cake centre stage in the North York Moors. Navigate our map and plan your holiday around these cake stops.

Did you know?

Greeks were probably the first people to use cakes to celebrate, honouring the Goddess of the Moon, possibly using candles to make the cake look like the moon.

The word cake comes from the Nordic "kaka". In the Middle Ages many cakes were made of spices and ginger, similar to the parkin still made in Yorkshire.

Ingredients like sugar and nuts were expensive, so baking cakes has always been a very special way to show that you care about some one. We love our visitors - that's why we bake so many cakes for them!

Sugar used to be so costly that fine white icing on cakes was a symbol of great wealth.

In the Middle Ages, cakes were thrown at the bride for good luck. The guests scrambled for the crumbs and piled them high on a table, then the bride and groom had to kiss over the pile without it toppling in order to be blessed with a lifetime of happiness!

Five almost-scientific reasons to eat cake

1. Cakes contain sugar. Sugar creates endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.

2. The secret to good health is balance - and that includes sweet things!

3. Enjoy a cake that contains courgettes, beetroot or fruit, and it could be part of your five-a-day!

4. All celebrations need cake. Celebrate anything - even just being alive!

5. Life's uncertain. Eat cake and dessert first!

The winner bakes it all

We’d love you to be part of the action. All you have to do is:

  • Decide where you're going to go
  • Eat as much cake as possible during your visit (we know! tough job!)
  • Take a selfie, or a photo of your favourite place and their cake, and share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #capitalofcake

We’ll like and share some of the best pictures...

We've also got a #CapitalofCake Pinterest board so you can see some of the fantastic cakes that can be enjoyed around the North York Moors and Coast!

Who's behind Capital of Cake?

The Capital of Cake campaign is being run by the North York Moors Tourism Network and supported by the North York Moors National Park Authority. If you'd like to be one of the capital of cake destinations then you can sign up via the Tourism Network.