Baked goods have been around for thousands of years. The art of baking was developed early
during the Roman Empire. It was a highly famous art as Roman citizens loved baked goods and
demanded for them frequently for important occasions such as feasts and weddings etc. Due to the
fame and desire that the art of baking received, around 300 BC, baking was introduced as an
occupation and respectable profession for Romans. The bakers began to prepare bread at home in
an oven, using mills to grind grain into the flour for their breads. The oncoming demand for
baked goods vigorously continued and the first bakers' guild was established in 168 BC in Rome.
This drastic appeal for baked goods promoted baking all throughout Europe and expanded into the
eastern parts of Asia. Bakers started baking breads and goods at home and selling them out on
This trend became common and soon, baked products were getting sold in streets of Rome, Germany,
London and many more. This resulted in a system of delivering the goods to households, as the
demand for baked breads and goods significantly increased. This provoked the bakers to establish
a place where people could purchase baked goods for themselves. Therefore, in Paris, the first
open-air bakery of baked goods was developed and since then, bakeries became a common place to
purchase delicious goods and get together around the world. By the colonial era, bakeries were
commonly viewed as places to gather and socialize.
Some bakeries provide services for special occasions (such as weddings, birthday parties,
anniversaries, or even business events) or for people who have allergies or sensitivities to certain
foods (such as nuts, peanuts, dairy or gluten). Bakeries can provide a wide range of cakes designs
such as sheet cakes, layer cakes, tiered cakes, and wedding cakes. Other bakeries may specialize in
traditional or hand made types of bread made with locally milled flour, without flour bleaching
agents or flour treatment agents, baking what is sometimes referred to as artisan bread.