Top 8 Most Popular Cakes in the World
|Pavlova. Photo: Tasteatlas|
Let’s find out among all the lip-smacking types of cakes that the baking world has graced us with which are the 8 most popular cakes that people love to eat:
1.Pavlova - the Most Popular Cakes
Delicate as the ballerina it was named after, Pavlova is the quintessential summer dessert. Whipped cream is typically dolloped on top of a snowy meringue, followed by a pop of color in the form of fruit, preferably the tart varieties which contrast the sweetness of the meringue.
Research suggests Pavlova is a descendant of the German torte and was invented in the 1920s during Anna Pavlova's tour of Australia and New Zealand, although the exact inventor is still debated. The first recipe for Pavlova appeared in print in 1926, although it was not the dessert we know today, but was instead a multi-colored gelatine dish.
The base of the cake is prepared almost identically as any meringue, by beating egg whites stiffly, then incorporating sugar, vinegar, and cornstarch. Traditional toppings include whipped cream or lemon curd, and the dessert is often prepared during Christmastime.
2.Kasutera - the Most Popular Cakes
|Kasutera. Photo: Tasteatlas|
Kasutera is a traditional Japanese sponge cake made with sugar, flour, eggs, and starchy syrup. This Nagasaki specialty is raised solely by egg foam, with no added butter or oil, and has a soft, moist, and spongy texture. The cake is also known as Castella, and was brought to Japan in the 16th century by Portuguese merchants.
Its name is derived from pao de Castela, meaning bread from Castille. Today, it is common to find Nagasaki kasutera in many variations, with flavors such as chocolate, green matcha tea, brown sugar, or honey. It is a popular gift and a nice souvenir to give to friends or relatives.
Kasutera is so adapted to the Japanese cuisine that there is even a baby kasutera, a small-sized version of the cake that is traditionally prepared for numerous Japanese festivals.
3.Sachertorte - the Most Popular Cakes
|Sachertorte. Photo: Tasteatlas|
The original Sachertorte is the most famous Austrian cake. It is a classic, layered chocolate sponge cake that is thinly coated with high-quality apricot jam and topped with chocolate icing. Sachertorte is said to taste the best when accompanied by a small cloud of unsweetened whipped cream on the side.
It was invented in 1832 by Franz Sacher, a pastry chef for Prince Clemens Lothar Wensel Metternich, the State Chancellor of Austria at the time. The prince wanted a new cake, and Sacher, 16 years old at the time, obliged him by creating something new from ingredients that were readily available in the kitchen.
Suffice to say, the cake was a huge hit, and Franz's son Eduard opened a hotel called Sacher in 1876, serving the popular cake up to this day. Today, almost every coffee house in Vienna has its own version of the cake, but no two cakes are quite alike.
4.Pound - the Most Popular Cakes
|Pound Cake. Photo: Tasteatlas|
Pound cake is a British dessert consisting of one pound of each of the following ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, and eggs, hence the name. There is no leavening agent used in the preparation, except the air that is whipped into the batter. It dates back to the early 1700s, and because many people didn't know how to read, the simple convention made it quite easy to remember the recipe.
By the 1800s, the recipes began to deviate from the original, and the ingredients were used in smaller quantities, resulting in a lighter, smaller cake, whereas the original was very big and could feed a large number of people. Today, people use leaveners to make it even less dense, while some cooks like to add chocolate or orange zest in order to enhance its flavors.
5.Bûche de Noël - the Most Popular Cakes
|Bûche de Noël. Photo: Galbani|
Buche de Noel is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log. This one is a heavenly flourless chocolate cake rolled with chocolate whipped cream. Traditionally, Buche de Noel is decorated with confectioners' sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log.
The Celts would burn a log as an offering to the Sun for returning to Earth. As the tradition disappeared with the arrival of home stoves, the huge log was replaced by a small branch that was traditionally set in the middle of the dining table, surrounded by delicacies and sweets that were given to guests as treats.
6.Mazurek - the Most Popular Cakes
|Mazurek. Photo: Allrecipes|
This easy no-bake recipe for Polish wafer mazurka (mazurek na waflu) is made with purchased torte wafers. This dessert can be even easier if you use canned frosting, but the taste will be different. This mazurek is allowed to set in the refrigerator overnight before frosting. It's ideal for Easter because the iced top makes a perfect canvas to write Alleluja! or Wesolych Alleluja!, loosely translated as "Happy Easter."
The varieties are seemingly endless and vary from region to region and family to family. They can be made with yeast doughs, crumbly shortbread-like doughs (known as kruche ciasto Polskie) fortified with sieved hard-cooked egg, flaky, puff-pasty-like doughs or layered with torte wafers.
Some doughs are almond- or chocolate-flavored. The topping varieties are staggering—almond paste, dried fruits, fresh fruits, nuts, meringues, poppy seed paste, pastry cream, and some are left plain.
7.Bublanina - the Most Popular Cakes
|Bublanina. Photo: Crepes and Bows|
This traditional Czechoslovakian cake is called bublanina or "bubble cake," probably because the batter bubbles up around the fruit while it's baking. Czechs use whatever fruit is available during the season and can range between sweet cherries, tart cherries, plums, nectarines, apricots, strawberries, and blueberries. It's a bit like a coffee cake in texture and is sometimes served as a breakfast pastry.
Bublanina is a light sponge cake prepared with eggs, butter, sugar, flour, and a variety of different fruits such as cherries, strawberries, blueberries, apricots, and fragrant plums and pears. The sponge is occasionally lightly flavored with vanilla or lemon zest, pairing perfectly with the delicate sponge and succulent fruits.
8.Molten Chocolate - the Most Popular Cakes
|Molten Chocolate Cake. Photo: Food Network|
When chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten mistakenly pulled out his chocolate sponge cake out of the oven ahead of time, little did he know it was a blessing in disguise. Once he cracked the spongy outside, he was met with an explosion of liquid chocolate oozing out of its confinements, as if finally set free.
And even though Jacques Torres, a French chef and chocolatier, claimed such a cake already existed in France, it was Vongerichten that made the molten chocolate cake, popularly nicknamed lava cake, a global sensation, first starting in the United States, and later a must-have on the menus of numerous respectable, high-end restaurants.
The dessert merges together elements of a soufflé and a flourless cake, and with a list of ingredients that includes only butter, eggs, sugar, and chocolate, it’s the timing that’s of crucial importance - you just have to catch the right moment when to invert it from its single-portion ramekin onto a plate.
|One of the best things about cakes is that they come in such umpteen flavours. While some of us can’t get enough of the classic chocolate cake, others find exotic varieties such as tiramisu or strawberry shortcakes, irresistible. Above is a list of the 8 most popular types of cakes, if you have any recommendations, feel free to add them into the comment section below, and if you feel it interesting, please like, share with your friends and family. Thanks for tuning in!|
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