Unique Cakes From Around the World

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Cakes, usually sweet and baked, have been the usual dessert in many occasions like birthdays, weddings, baptisms and others,

1. Pontefract – UK

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Oops… these are not old silver coins it’s called Pontefract cake. These small, roughly circular and sweet tablets are made of liquorice. Originally, it is manufactured in Yorkshire, Pontefract in England. It is also called Pomfret cakes and Pomfrey cakes.

2. Croquembouche – France

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This unique-looking cake is a French dessert called “croquembouche or croquenbouche”. It is the usually served at weddings, baptism and first communions. Croquembouche is a French word which means “crunch in the mouth’. This high cone dessert consists of profiteroles, decorated with thread of caramels, chocolate, flowers, sugared almonds and ribbons. It is also covered in macarons.

3. Moon Cake – China

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Mooncakes are traditionally served during Mid-Autumn Festival, a festival for lunar worship and moon watching. These Chinese pastries are either round or rectangular with a thick filling made from lotus seed paste and contain salted duck egg’s yolk.  The yolk symbolizes the full moon.

4. Bebinca – India

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India has a unique type of cake with 16 layers called Bebinca. This Goan dessert, which originated in Goa, is a type of pudding made of flour, sugar, coconut milk and clarified butter. Baking this cake is also unique. It is baked in a specially-made clay oven, with a layer of hot coals over it. It is also known as Bibik.

5. Kek Lapis Sarawak – Malaysia

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THIS IS NOT A BOX IT, it’s a Kek lapis. This cake from Malaysia is quite peculiar for its remarkable geometric pattern. Sarawak layered Cakes are traditionally served in Sarawak, Malaysia for religious or cultural celebrations. They are also during on occasions like birthdays, wedding and Christmas.

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6. Bibingka – Philippines

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Bibingka, a type of cake, is a very popular food in the Philippines most especially during “Simbang Gabi” (a 9-day novena masses before Christmas). Coking method is similar to the Indian Bebinca. It’s made of flour and served with butter and grated coconut. The Filipino word “Bibingka” is derived from the Indian word ‘bebinca’.

7. Fishcake – UK

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A Fishcake is a fried filleted fish and potato patty and coated in breadcrumbs or batter. Cod, haddock, whiting and salmon are the usual fish used as filling. Fishcakes have also traditionally been made from salted fish.

8. Buccellato – Italy

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This circular cake is especially made for baptisms given by the godparents to the godchild and family on the christening day. To ensure good luck, the cake must be large as much as possible. This cake originated from the island of Sicily.

9. Baked Alaska – USA

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Baked Alaska is an unusual dessert made of ice cream placed in a pie dish lined with slices of sponge cake or Christmas pudding and topped with meringue. It sounds strange, but how do they bake a cake with ice cream and not melting it?  The entire dessert is then placed in an extremely hot oven for just long enough to firm the meringue. The meringue is an effective insulator, and the short cooking time prevents the heat from getting through to the ice cream. February 1 is celebrated as Baked Alaska Day. It is also called Glace Au Four, Omelette a la Norvégienne, Norwegian Omelette and Omelette Surprise.

10. Ice Cream Cake – Europe

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Well, I would say, the same principle is applied in baking the Ice Cream Cake. This cake is either ice cream in the shape of a cake or ice cream and cake layered together to make a single form.

11. Tres Leches Cake – Latin America

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The Tres Leches Cake is a sponge cake which is very popular in Latin America. It is a cake made from 3 types of milk – condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. It is also commonly known as Pastel Tres Leches or Three Milk Cake and Pan Tres Leches or Three Milk Bread.

12. Upside-Down Cake

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The Upside-down Cake is a cake consists of chopped fruits like pineapple, cherries or apple. This cake is usually made in a pan with a curved bottom. Chunks of fruits are then placed at the bottom of the pan. The bottom of the pan is usually covered with butter or sugar for an easier detachment when turning the cake upside-down. Once cooked, it is turned over and allowed to set; the cake is eaten upside-down, hence the name.

13. Red Bean Cake – Asia

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The Red Bean Cake is a unique type of cake with a sweet red bean paste filling that originated from Asia.  Primarily, it is made with Azuki Beans.  Preparation of this cake differs from one country to another.

In Japan, where it is called Mizuyokan, the cake is made without the outer shell of steamed dough, and instead of a paste, the mashed beans are mixed with gelatin, cooled for an extended period of time, and then cut into squares and served. In China, the Cantonese-Style Red Bean Cake is made with hardened red bean paste that has been frozen. The cake is sweetened and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

14. Pavlova – New Zealand

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Pavlova is a slowly baked cake with a crisp crunchy shell consists of egg whites, caster sugar, white vinegar, cornstarch and vanilla. Its core is soft and moist. It is traditionally topped with fresh fruits like kiwi, banana, berries and others. This dessert is believed to have been created to honor the famous Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova.

15. Sapin-sapin – Philippines

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Sapin-sapin is a unique type of cake from the Philippines. It is a colorful Filipino dessert made from glutinous rice flour, coconut milk and sugar served with coconut flakes sprinkled on top. Sapin-sapin is a Filipino word which means “layers”.

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