Worshiping motherhood is a custom as ancient as the man. In early Greece the goodness Gea (great Mother of the Gods) was adored as well as Rhea, mother of Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto. Among the Romans, goodness Hilaria was glamorously celebrated in the temple Cybele, on March 15. The Aztecs venerated the mother of God Huitzilopochtli, symbolized by the Moon.
The religious celebrations in Mother's Day came from the England of the seventeenth century. The real purpose of the celebration was to venerate the virginity, and meanwhile the public festival was taking place in the meadows and the fields, servants were allowed to visit and stay the entire day with their mothers. In that day, they use to cook a cake as a lovely gift. This recipe explains how to make Angel Cake, which is one of many cakes the servants used to prepared for the occasion.
English settlers brought this tradition to America. The first public celebration for mother’s day took place in Boston, 1872, per as an initiative of the writer Julia Ward Howe. Unfortunately, few years after this event was completely forgotten. Anna Jarvis, an American woman from Virginia who in 1907 lost her mother, struggled to keep the memory of her mother alive with a huge commemoration that just three years after was celebrated in every corner of the United States.
In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day a national holiday and since there, it eventually spread into the whole world. Honoring their mothers, people offer food and gifts every year. We encourage them as well to learn how to make Angel Cake, this traditional recipe useful for every occasion, but specially for Mother’s day.
Preheat oven to 350 oF and grease 3 pans of 8 " layer cake pan.
Prepare cake mix in medium bowl as direct on package and pour into molds, bake on wire racks 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes, remove from pan, cool on wire racks completely.
Combine pudding mix powder with pineapple and its juice in a bowl. Add cool whip and stir gently. Spread this mixture between cake layers and top. Chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour before serving. Garnish with strawberries.