Food and history are linked, especially in the infographic on Cakes From Around The World, within which you’ll find a list of several mouth-watering cakes along with their recipes. We go around the globe discovering goodies baked to perfection for various special occasions. In this blog, you really can have your cake and eat it too!
Most cakes go hand in hand with various feasts and celebrations. In Spain and Spanish America, for example, to celebrate the festival of kings or the Epiphany on 6th January, a roscón/rosoa de reyes, which is a king’s cake pastry, is traditionally eaten. It originated in Spain, pretty early, sometime between 300 and 400AD. It’s circular in shape with some interesting ingredients like fresh yeast, rum and orange blossom aside from the usual milk, eggs, sugar, and flour combination, and is topped off with fruit almonds to decorate.
For those lovers of Guinness, the bitter chocolatey taste of Guinness cake is right up your alley. It’s a smooth, moist, deep-flavoured sponge cake. Like stout, it’s rich, dark and chocolatey. The Guinness gives the cake sponge extra depth and helps keep it moist. The tradition began not long ago in 2001 on St Paddy’s Day, which celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.
In the Philippines, Bibingka is a type of rice cake traditionally eaten during the Christmas season. It’s cooked in clay pots lined with banana leaves and has an exotic coconut and banana aroma. The mixture is placed between preheated coals which results in a soft, spongy flat cake slightly charred on both ends. It was first baked sometime between 900AD and 1521AD.
A sweet custom comes out of Sicily wherein a Buccellato, a circular cake, is given by godparents to the godchild and family on a child’s christening day. The cake is supposed to be as large as possible to ensure good luck and a prosperous future. This sweet bread infused with honey, marsala, aniseed, and raisins became a custom in the 1100s.
In China, a mooncake is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which was designed for lunar appreciation and moon watching. Typical mooncakes are round pastries, measuring about 10cm in diameter and are 3-4cm thick with a red bean or lotus seed paste filling. They have a sweet and savoury flavour and were first baked sometime between 1600 and 1016 BC.
Thankfully, we don’t always have to wait for something good to eat for dessert as there are many tasty treats which are baked all year round and not solely on special occasions. Polish Karpatka is a creamy pastry which takes two hours to make. It’s made up of two to eight layers of flattened sweet bake pastry (short and choux pastry) with cream and sweet cheese, normally served with fruit, budyn and cardamom. It also comes with ice-cream, which may contain alcohol, on the side of this luxurious dessert.
A list of cakes isn’t complete without some French bakes on the list! Dacquoise is a dessert cake originating in the south of France made with layers of almond, hazelnut, meringue and whipped cream or buttercream. It has a creamy almond and hazelnut taste and is usually served chilled and accompanied by fruit.
Wagashi are custom Japanese confections that are often served with tea, particularly the types made of mocha, anko (azuki bean paste), and fruits. They are typically made from plant ingredients and are served all year round at traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Wagashi are sweet and fruity in flavour and have been around a long time as they were first baked in 700AD.
For more cakes and the full recipes of these tasty delights make sure to follow the link to the infographic. What bakes are traditional in your country? Comment below and let us know.