I am a sugar addict. I didn’t used to be, but something about getting pregnant with my first son flipped a switch, and now my day doesn’t feel complete without a fix. But while I love diving into some tasty cake, I’ve never given much thought to how it might look if I ordered it in different countries all over the world (which I definitely would do, given the chance.)
That’s why I was thrilled to come upon these 10 pictures of amazing cakes from across the globe. It’s great visual evidence of how cultures make and enjoy cake – even if it doesn’t always look the way you think cake should.
If you love Danishes, you’re going to want to make a Kagemand for your next birthday. The “cake man” consists of a bunch of Danishes with candy sprinkled on top, plus marzipan spelling out the name and age of the birthday boy or girl. MmmMMMmmmm…
Krempita is part crispy pastry, part decadent custard and all over scrumptious.
If you love dulce de leche, then you simply must visit Argentina. Rogel is multiple layers of crust and dulce de leche smothered in meringue.
Ube cake isn’t just an awesome bright purple, it’s also somewhat healthy because it’s made of yams!
This definitely looks like a cake to me, but it comes with a twist that I’d love to try. The bolo de cenoura com cobertura de chocolate is a carrot cake with chocolate icing, instead of cream cheese frosting.
It may look like pie, but this Gewittertorte is totally a cake — a thunderstorm cake to be exact. The torte has a bunch of delicious layers — cake, meringue, slivered almonds, fresh raspberry filling, fresh whipped cream, and repeat. Yum!
If someone serves you a traditional kue lapis — a layer cake with each layer baked on an open flame or under a broiler — make sure and take a small piece. The amount of eggs and butter used make it is no joke, and it results in one rich slice of dessert.
The Prinsesstarta, or princess cake, is a 2-3 spongecake with vanilla cream, jam, and whipped cream between the layers. The frosting is a green marzipan, with a rose and optional powdered sugar on top.
#2. Puerto Rico
The traditional bizcocho mojaditoa is a staple on the island. It’s a simple cake soaked in a sweet brandy syrup and frosted with buttercream. Decorations are typically just a simple white frosting.
#1. South Africa
Another tart that looks like a pie to the American eye, this dessert is called “melktert,” or “milk tart,” because it’s super creamy.