11 Aug 2023

Different Types Of Cakes Around The World

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Cakes are one of the most loved, ubiquitous and commonly enjoyed recipes all around the world. Different types of cakes have become an important part of human culture, from celebrations and festivities to special occasions, or as a simple delight. Most of all, nowadays, bakers are no less than artists that create cakes that resemble real-life objects. In fact, you can’t even tell apart the cake from the actual object it is trying to imitate.

However, did you know that different countries and regions around the world have their own special types of cakes? Through this blog, we are going to take you on a global journey through the different types of cakes all around the world.

Tiramisu – Italy

Tiramisu is a classic dessert made with a special type of Italian cake, known as ladyfingers. Ladyfingers are typically finger-sized and are soaked in coffee when they need to be used to make Tiramisu. The modern, more popular version of Tiramisu is alcohol-doused, typically soaking the ladyfingers also in dark rum, amaretto, or a coffee liqueur such as Kahlua.

To prepare Tiramisu, you need to layer coffee-soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa powder, one over another.  It blends a myriad of flavours, with the bitterness of coffee beautifully balanced by the creamy sweetness of mascarpone cheese. Tiramisu is served chilled and is found in most Indian cafes and bakeries nowadays.

Black Forest Cake – Germany

Known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, this famous cake hails from the Black Forest region of Germany. Now found in almost every bakeshop across the world, the black forest cake is a combination of layers of chocolaty sponge cake, whipped cream, and cherry filling. 

Black Forest cake is often topped with chocolate shavings and fresh cherries. It’s appearance is often aimed at reflecting the beauty of the Black Forest landscapes of Germany. The use of Kirsch (a cherry brandy) in the cake adds a unique taste to the cake. It is often enjoyed at special occasions and festive celebrations in German culture and households.

Chiffon Cake – United States

Chiffon Cake, just like its name suggests, is a fluffy, soft, light, and airy cake. It was invented in the United States sometime during the mid-20th century quickly became a favourite in the nation, and was soon spread to all around the world.

Chiffon Cake is made using vegetable oil, beaten egg whites, cake flour, butter, and sugar. Because of generous whisking of the batter and the use of egg white, the cake is notably moist and fluffy. It comes in various flavours such as vanilla, lemon, chocolate, and orange. It’s often served with a dusting of powdered sugar, or a caramel or sugary graze, or frostings. It can also be enjoyed plain.

Pavlova – Australia/New Zealand

Named after the famed Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this cake is a favourite in both Australia and New Zealand. The Pavlova is a meringue based cake, with dry a crisp exterior but a soft, pillowy, and creamy interior. It is topped with layers of whipped cream, nuts, fresh berries, and fruits. The mix of these diverse textures with a tart taste in the whipped cream makes it a refreshing dessert loved in all seasons.

Mooncake – China

Mooncakes are a beloved Chinese dessert that are a big part of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration traditions. It is also enjoyed widely in Vietnam, although the Vietnamese mooncakes are a bit on the sweeter side. 

Mooncakes are intricately designed, and are usually round or square in shape. They have a crusty exterior with a variety of fillings inside, such as lotus seed or watermelon seed paste, red bean paste, sugar, jam, or salted egg yolks. The crust is soft and slightly sweet, while the filling is smooth, rich, and flavourful. They make great accompaniments with a fragrant cup of Chinese tea.

Lamingtons – Australia

Australia has many different types of cakes, with Lamingtons being one of the most popular ones. These sponge cakes are served after being cut into square or rectangle shapes. Then, the sponge cake bits are coated in a layer of chocolate and then covered in a garnishing of desiccated coconut shavings all around.

Some variations of the Lamingtons also include a layer of jam or cream between the layers of sponge cake. They are a popular accompaniment with the afternoon or evening tea, and are often served as swet snacks at high-teas, social gatherings, and parties.

Love cakes? You should definitely check out our blog ‘The Most Authentic Home Baked Christmas Cake Recipe Ever!‘ to know how to bake the best Christmas Cake this Christmas!

From the coffee-doused Tiramisu to the bite-sized lamingtons, all of these world-famous cakes can be baked at home. Good for you, you don’t have to run around the markets and bakeshops to find all the ingredients. All you need to do is get Milkbasket – the online grocery shopping mobile app – and order all you need. From fresh fruits and berries from around the world, to fresh milk, condensed milk, baking supplies, oils, flours, and more. You’ll find 6000+ grocery items on the app, which will be delivered directly to your doorstep. So, download Milkbasket now, as we are present in 25+ cities across India.


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