Cakes are probably one of the most well-recognized and loved dessert by everyone no matter how young or old. There’s probably only a handful of individuals who dislikes or downright hates the idea of eating one. However, not all cakes are made the same.
As of now, there are probably hundreds and thousands of cake recipes in existence and who knows how many people are creating their versions as we speak. If you are one of those individuals who hate or dislike cakes, then you most likely just hate that particular type of cake.
Hence, we made this article to showcase some of the most popular cake recipes in the world. If you are a cake enthusiast, you would surely love learning about them if you still haven’t. If you are a hater, these cakes might overturn your entire belief in just one bite. Who knows?
(New Zealand and Australia)
Named after the world-famous prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, this cake looks just as delicate as the person it was named after. Traditionally, the base of a pavlova cake is made using the same techniques to make a meringue. However, the addition of cornflour gives it an almost marshmallow-like consistency at its core instead of being hard all over like your typical meringue.
For the decorations, it is simply covered with whipped cream then topped with fresh fruits such as kiwi or strawberries. Its taste is often described as delicate and light with a fresh aftertaste. If you want an authentic pavlova cake, avoid store-bought ones at all cost as they are probably not made with the traditional recipe.
Ciambella is a type of ring-shaped cake traditionally made in Italy. Although you can make it as big as a wedding cake or as small as a donut, the most important thing for a ciambella is to be ring-shaped for it to be called as such. It’s so popular in Italy that in every region you go to, they would most like have their own version of this cake.
At its very basic, ciambella is made using typical cake ingredients such as flour, egg, butter, sugar, milk, and baking soda. Some bakers add lemon zest or honey for flavoring but it’s completely optional.
Ciambella is fluffy and airy and has the same texture like a sponge cake making it a perfect partner for your afternoon tea or your wine-drinking sessions. The decorations are up to you but never call it a ciambella if it has no hole or the Italians will get you.
Also known as Castella, this sponge cake is the specialty of the Nagasaki region in Japan and what sets it apart from other cakes is its signature fluffiness so extreme that it’s usually slapped just to see it jiggle around before given to a customer. This fluffiness can be attributed to the fact that castella do not contain any butter or oil. Instead, they use pure egg foam mixed with sugar, eggs, flour, and a type of starchy syrup.
Today, if you roam around the Nagasaki region, it is common to find different castella varieties such as green matcha tea, chocolate, honey-flavored, and many more. It’s not only a popular dessert, but it’s also a popular gift given to your relatives and friends if you live in Japan.
Molten Chocolate Cake
(United States of America)
Some accidents give you blessings instead of problems and this cake recipe is probably one of them. The molten chocolate cake or lava cake was made when a chef by the name of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, accidentally took his chocolate sponge cake out of the oven ahead of time and was met with pure chocolate goodness come out of it once he broke its outer layer.
Although many French chefs claim that such a recipe already existed in France before its discovery in the USA, it was Vongerichten who made the popularity of this cake reach unprecedented heights. Nowadays, you can find such a recipe all over the high-end restaurants in the country.
Cremeschnitte is a classic cake recipe well-known all over the central and eastern parts of Europe. It literally means a cream slice or even cream pie in some cases, which is why you should just learn how to pronounce its original name to avoid any misunderstandings.
At its essence, cremeschnitte is a type of vanilla-flavored cake filled with custard cream. Historians are having trouble finding its exact origins but the most popular claim is that it descended from another dessert which originated in France called mille-feuille, also known as Napoleon.
Black Forest Cake
If you love cakes, you’ve probably heard about Black Forest Cake one way or another. Its name came from the Black Forest area of Germany where it was believed to have originated in. According to some historians, this cake was modeled after the colors of this region’s traditional attire but it’s still debated who exactly came up with the recipe.
A typical Black Forest Cake is made with a chocolate sponge base which is then coated with whipped cream. The decorations consist of chocolate shavings spread all over the cake as well as cherries which traditionally, had been infused with kirschwasser brandy to add another layer of flavor.
According to historians, Medovik was made by the wife of Alexander I of Russia and since then, it had become one of the most popular Russian desserts that are usually served on special occasions.
It is made by alternately stacking up layers of honey-infused sponges that have the same consistency as biscuits and thin layers of cream. Traditionally, crushed walnuts were used to decorate it but since the Soviet Era, different variations had been made with the recipe and now, it’s common to see a Medovik cake decorated with chocolate or different kinds of fruits.