Your preferred cake says so much about you. Are you an equal-opportunity cake eater? Or are you one who enjoys a simple and soul-satisfying buttery slice of pound cake? Perhaps you love more than a rich taste within a single bite. If so, a scrumptious slice of spice cake would do the trick. Or are you someone who enjoys a little cake with your frosting -- where the ideal ratio is 1 to 1? If so, the Esterházy torte with chocolate buttercream sandwiched between four layers of sponge cake might be perfect for you.
No matter what your cake personality is, the history of cake baking is fascinating in and of itself. A taste for sweetness is a part of human history. According to food historians, the ancient Egyptians were the first to show evidence of advanced baking skills. The first cakes started with bread sweetened with honey, nuts and dried fruits. Today, the various types and piping-designed cakes are so numerous, you may have to ponder the choices with a sweet treat nearby. Whether you are a cake connoisseur or have a fondness for all things sweet, take a quiz that will tantalize your taste buds. When you're done, head to your nearest bakery for that slice of perfection.
This light and fluffy cake has an airy texture and a subtly sweet taste. Nothing overpowering here. It's a cake that is heaven sent.
The ingredients of this delicious cake include red food coloring and vinegar, which adds acidity to the classic red cake. Red velvet cake is traditionally made with cream cheese frosting.
The Black Forest Gateau was created in Germany. It is a chocolate sponge cake with a rich cherry filling and whipped cream frosting.
OK, maybe there are not enough carrots to make this super healthy, however, the carrots make this cake incredibly moist and the ultra-creamy cream cheese frosting make it highly caloric. Live a little!
Baked in a Bundt pan, this shape is inspired by a traditional European cake known as Gugelhupf, but Bundt cakes are not generally associated with any single recipe. This one is fun for creative bakers.
The first slice always gets "oohs" and "ahhs." There are two different types of batter (usually chocolate and vanilla) within the cake that are lightly blended to create a streaked or mottled design.
A Swiss roll is a type of sponge cake roll filled with whipped cream, jam, or icing. There is no butter in the cake part, so feel free to lather on something decadent for the frosting.
What's the difference between an angel food cake and a chiffon cake? They are both light and fluffy cakes made with eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and flavorings. However, instead of butter or shortening, vegetable oil is used in the chiffon cake.
If you need to eat gluten-free or are observing Passover, a flourless chocolate cake is a rich and satisfying alternative. This is a dense "fallen" cake made from an aerated chocolate custard.
With a delicious streusel topping, this cake is intended to be eaten or flavored with coffee.
Whether it is a sponge cake or a butter cake, a tres leches cake is soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. Yum.
Whether you use melted chocolate, cocoa powder, or both, a chocolate cake has a crumb that's beautifully tender and moist, so that a fork can be pressed down on it to gather every last morsel. Only serious cake eaters will understand this.
The perfect cheescake is tangy and sweet, with a velvety smooth and rich texture. It is made with a mixture of soft, fresh cheese and can be topped with glazed fruit, sour cream frosting or served plain on a graham cracker crust.
Moist and flavorful, the coconut cake is a popular dessert in the Southern region of the United States. It is a heavenly cake with white frosting and covered in coconut flakes.
Apple cake is a popular dessert because of the yummy brown sugar sauce and the chunks of apple that add richness to a plain cake base.
If you have fresh off-the-farm ingredients, this cake is a winner every time. Butter cake is simply butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and baking powder or baking soda. Appreciate the taste of simplicity.
An ice cream cake is ice cream in the shape of a cake with layers of sponge cake or cookie crumble in between. Any flavor ice cream qualifies, but eat it before it melts!
Baumkuchen is a traditional pastry of many European countries and has also become more popular in Japan than Germany, where it originated. It is hard to make and needs a rotisserie and spit, although there are recipes where you can make it in an oven.
Why does a cake have "pie" in its name? When this dessert was created, cakes and pies were cooked in the same pans, and the words were used interchangeably.
Although it is still sweet, a spice cake can include a mixture of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. It has more flavors to keep your taste buds tingling.
How did this cake get its name? Easy. When first created, it used a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar.
Simnel cake is a light fruit cake served during Easter in the United Kingdom, Ireland and some other countries. One of the key ingredients is almond paste or marzipan.
When you put currants, sultanas, and almonds into a cake, it's bound to be delicious. The Dundee cake is a famous traditional Scottish fruit cake.
With pineapples and cherries covering the cake, this upside-down cake is beautiful to look at and delicious to eat.
You'll sing after you taste this almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze.
It's easy to tell the difference between a Devil's Food Cake and a German Chocolate Cake, as the layered German Chocolate Cake is filled and topped with a coconut-pecan frosting.
Banana cake can be served as a layer cake, as muffins and as cupcakes. This irresistible and scrumptious cake is a crowd pleaser. It's a favorite of many.
This cake is actually a chocolate fondant made with a small chocolate cake with crunchy rind and mellow filling served hot. It is decadent and delicious.
This traditional holiday dessert can change the slogan from "Don't drink and drive" to "Don't eat and drive." Rum is used as the main liquid in this cake recipe and can still keep its potency after baked.
Which each piece covered in jam and a distinctive two-by-two check pattern displayed when sliced, (alternately colored pink and yellow), the Battenberg is perfect for those who find beauty (and taste) in a perfectly proportioned cake.
Although small, these rum babas have a kick, as they're soaked in hard liquor, usually rum. To give it added "umf" it is sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream.
Take squares of butter cake or sponge cake and coat them in a layer of chocolate sauce, then roll in shredded coconut to get a Lamington. It's a popular treat in Australia.
This Italian dessert is easily recognized by its ladyfingers dipped in coffee and layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese.
Imagine biting into layers of almond and hazelnut meringue topped with whipped cream on a buttery biscuit base. Yes, that light, heavenly taste is a Dacquoise.
When you don't want just a light flavor of chocolate, instead, you want enough intense chocolate to make your head spin, get a Blackout cake, sometimes called a Brooklyn Blackout cake. It's a chocolate cake filled with chocolate pudding and chocolate cake crumbs, and frosted with chocolate icing.
If you are in Italy or France for a special occasion, say a wedding, baptism or first communion, you may taste this exquisite and elegant cake. It is choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel.
Although the fruits in this cake are candied or dried and sometime soaked in liquor, when nuts and spices are added, it has a wonderful rich flavor.
Do you like spiced, currant-filled, flat pastry cake? Then this cake is perfect to have with tea or coffee. It is similar to an Eccles cake, although it is more oval.
Stollen is a fruit bread of nuts, spices, and dried or candied fruit, coated with powdered sugar or icing sugar. It is a traditional German bread eaten during the Christmas season, when it is called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen
This seasonal treat is well worth visiting Belgium, France, Lebanon, Switzerland, Quebec, and several former French colonies during Christmas. It is s a heavenly, flourless chocolate cake rolled with chocolate whipped cream.