Traditional Cakes From Around The World

Baking cakes is one of the UK’s favorite pastimes. With the popularity of cooking and confectionary television shows going through the roof, everyone is trying to make their own cake…and eat it too!

There’s no doubt that the art of cake making is a very skilled and delicate process, and most chefs have trained for years to show off their creations in luxury restaurants and hotels.

There’s a small army of underground cake bakers growing, however, amateur but dedicated, and they’re bringing cake baking back home to where it first started.

This quiet revolution as seen cake materials sales soar, so if you’re thinking about making a sweet creation and don’t know where to start, here are some of the country’s favorites to give you some inspiration!

Galette des Rois

Galette des Rois photo via Depositphotos
Galette des Rois photo via Depositphotos

Gateau is the French word for cake, and this tasty treat isn’t just for birthdays either. Galette des Rois was the staple cake used to celebrate Epiphany’s Christian holiday, and although recipes can vary, most use choux pastry with a meringue or sponge cake full, complete with fruit and cream.

Gateau is a very traditional confectionary in France, and the cake itself was actually only half the treat.

Historically, bakers would place hidden sweets or small toys inside the gateau, and it would be a symbol of good luck if you found one in your slice!

Pastel de Tres Leches

Pastel de Tres Leches photo via Depositphotos
Pastel de Tres Leches photo via Depositphotos

This is a Mexican cake with a base made of sponge, using three different kinds of milk! This is also a very sweet and rich cake, so slices are small and compact when serving.

Offering a wet and dense consistency, you can really get creative with Pastel de Tres Leches, replacing the milk with everything from eggnog to ice cream.

This cake’s origin has been widely debated, with Mexico, Panama, Cuba, and Costa Rica all laying claim to its creation.

Angel Food Cake

Homemade Angel Food Cake photo via Depositphotos
Homemade Angel Food Cake photo via Depositphotos

Popular in the UK and the US, Angel Food Cake is a divine sponge creation with a light to medium consistency. This treat has been around since the early 19th century, and it was originally fashioned by using up the remaining egg whites that were leftover from excess recipes!

Additionally, the Dutch can be thanked for the distinctive hole in the middle of an Angel Cake, as their pans and moulds were far more innovative than any other nation.

The Strudel

Apple Strudel photo via Pixabay
Apple Strudel photo via Pixabay

German by name and German by nature, this ‘cake’ could be used as a main meal and a dessert! Shaped into a long roll using high-gluten flour, this is a very traditional and historic sweet, popular with farmers in the 17th century.

If you’re looking to bake it as the main meal course, then ingredients such as sauerkraut and spinach are recommended.

However, if you want to bake it as a dessert, the dough should be layered with fruity filling and topped with icing.

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