The law known as the EU Protected Food Name Scheme could take up to two years to achieve.
Two shops which make Bakewell puddings are fighting to get European protection for the Derbyshire delicacy.
Campaigners have sent a letter to the European Court urging it to protect the famous pudding by defining exactly what the recipe for the original should be.
Bloomers Bakery and The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop are hoping to get their recipes covered under the EU protected food name scheme.
According to them, the pudding and not the tart is the Bakewell original.
Jemma Pheasey from The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop said: "We want to protect the history and the heritage of it. It's not the tart that comes form Bakewell, it's the pudding.
The procedure could take two years
"We are declaring what our recipe is, what goes into it, how it is made, taste, shape, colour, everything like that, just to specify this is how it is made."
Bakery manager Gary Fox said: "We use the puffed pastry base, whereas everybody who makes the Bakewell tart uses a short crust base."
He added that the two items were "very different" in taste.
Marion Wright from Bloomers Bakery said: "It is one of the few places in the UK that you can honestly say that a product has been made generation after generation.
"We are protecting the pudding from outsiders... selling an inferior product, which is what is beginning to happen."
The procedure to get the pudding recognised under EU laws could take up to two years.