Why do the English like big, very colourful and sprinkly butter-iced cakes? Why do the French like small dainty ones? And why are dainties in Harrods not dainty?. Well English people like cake but french prefer pastries hence Marie queen of France compared cake to bread which is a travesty. Dainty cakes don’t have a long shelf life so I’m afraid it comes down to economics. Hope this helps. I’m always asking such questions questing for answers.