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List of cakes

The following is a list of types of dessert cakes by country of origin and distinctive ingredients. The majority of cakes contain some kind of flour, egg and sugar, and these ingredients are not listed.


Name Image Origin Main ingredients
Angel cake 120px United Kingdom Sponge cake, cream
Angel food cake 120px United States Egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar
Apple cake 120px Unknown Apple, caramel icing
Aranygaluska 120px Hungary, Romania A cake with yeasty dough and vanilla custard
Babka 120px Poland Easter Cake with icing
Ballokume Albania Corn flour, butter, sugar and vanilla
Basbousa 120px Somalia A traditional Somali sweet cake that is made of cooked semolina or farina soaked in simple syrup. Coconut is a popular addition. The syrup may also optionally contain orange flower water or rose water.
Better than sex cake United States Chocolate or yellow cake, sugar mixture, various fillings
Boston cream pie 120px United States Egg custard, chocolate
Banana cake/bread 120px United States Banana, sometimes nuts and chocolate
Banoffee pie 120px United Kingdom Bananas, toffee, biscuits
Bara brith 120px United Kingdom (Wales) Raisins, currants and candied peel
Battenberg cake 120px United Kingdom Marzipan and apricot jam
Baumkuchen 120px Germany A kind of layered cake and a traditional dessert that is in many countries throughout Europe and it is also a popular snack and dessert in Japan. The characteristic rings that appear when sliced resemble tree rings, and give the cake its German name, Baumkuchen, which literally translates to "tree cake".
Bibingka 120px Philippines Coconut milk and rice flour
Bienenstich (Bee Sting) 120px Germany Almonds, honey, custard cream
Birthday cake 120px Unknown A cake that has various ingredients, usually chocolate or sponge, and is often topped with icing and candles; number of candles on top of the cake is often said to represent some one's age, for example, a birthday cake for a nine-year-old will have nine candles on top of it.
Black Forest cake, often known as "Black Forest gâteau" 120px Germany Cherries, kirsch, and chocolate
Blondie 120px United States A rich, sweet dessert bar. It is made from flour, brown sugar, butter, eggs, baking powder, and vanilla, and may also contain walnuts or pecans. It may contain white or dark chocolate chips and it can have a taste reminiscent of butterscotch.
Brownie 120px United States, Canada A flat, baked square or bar developed in the United States at the end of the 19th century and popularized in both the U.S. and Canada during the first half of the 20th century.
Buccellato 120px Sicily Honey, marsala, aniseed, and raisins
Budapestlängd 120px Sweden Rolled meringue-hazelnut cake filled with whipped cream and pieces of canned peach, apricot or mandarin orange.
Bundt cake 120px United States A cake that is baked in a Bundt pan, shaping it into a distinctive ring shape. The shape is inspired by a traditional European fruit cake known as Gugelhupf, but Bundt cakes are not generally associated with any single recipe, but they are often made with chocolate.
Butter cake 120px United Kingdom Butter
Butterfly cake 120px United Kingdom A variant of cupcake, also called fairy cake for its fairy-like "wings". They can be made from any flavor of cake. The top of the fairy cake is cut off or carved out with a spoon, and cut in half. Then, butter cream, whipped cream or other sweet filling like jam is spread into the hole. Finally, the two cut halves are stuck into the butter cream to look like butterfly wings. The wings of the cake are often decorated using icing to form various patterns.
Cassata 120px Italy Cassata consists of round sponge cake moistened with fruit juices or liqueur and layered with ricotta cheese, candied peel, and a chocolate or vanilla filling similar to cannoli cream. It is covered with a shell of marzipan, pink and green pastel colored icing, and decorative designs. The cassata is topped withcandied fruit depicting cherries and slices of citrus fruit characteristic of Sicily.
Carrot cake 120px United Kingdom Carrots
Cheesecake Greece Thin base made from crushed biscuits, with a thicker top layer of soft cheese, eggs and sugar. It can be baked or unbaked (in which case it is refrigerated.)
Chiffon cake 120px United States Vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour
Chocolate cake 120px Unknown Chocolate
Christmas cake 120px United Kingdom Dried fruit such as sultanas or raisins; cinnamon, treacle, cherries, and almond; is quite often topped with icing. If topped with icing, the icing may be decorated with decorations, such as models of Santa Claus, or may have labels such as "Happy Christmas".
Cinco leches cake Mexico A cake that consists of five milks.
Coconut cake United States A popular dessert in the Southern region of the United States. It is a cake frosted with a white frosting and covered in coconut flakes.
Coffee cake 120px Germany Cinnamon
Cremeschnitte 120px Slovenia, Croatia, Germany A vanilla and custard cream cake dessert popular in several central-European countries. There are many regional variations, but they all include puff pastry base and custard cream.
Croquembouche 120px France Caramel, almond, and chocolate
Crystal cake 120px China One of the traditional desserts in China. It has more than 800 years of history. It was first invented in Xiagui during the Song Dynasty, then it spread far and wide. People named it as Crystal Cake, because its filling shines brightly, and its appearance is glittering and translucent, like a crystal.
Cuatro leches cake Spain, Mexico A cake that consists of four milks and it is similar to the tres leches cake.
Cupcake 120px Unknown A small cake with various ingredients, usually topped with icing
Dacquoise 120px France Almonds, hazelnut, and chocolate
Date and walnut loaf 120px United Kingdom Dates, walnuts, treacle, and tea
Date square 120px Canada (probably) Also known as Matrimonial Cake, is a layer of minced dates with oat crumble
Depression cake United States Made without milk, sugar, butter, or eggs
Devil's food cake 120px United States Chocolate and/or cocoa, and baking soda
Dobos cake 120px Hungary A sponge cake that is layered with chocolate butter cream and topped with thin caramel slices
Dundee cake 120px United Kingdom (Scotland) Fruit cake with almonds on it but without glace cherries.
Eccles cake 120px United Kingdom Zante currants
Esterházy torte 120px Hungary
A Hungarian cake (torta) named after Prince Paul III Anton Esterházy de Galántha (1786–1866). It was invented by Budapest confectioners in the late 19th century. It consists of cognac or vanilla buttercream, sandwiched between layers of almond meringue (macaroon) dough. The torte is iced with a fondant glaze and decorated with a characteristic chocolate striped pattern.
Fat rascal 120px United Kingdom Dried fruit, peel, oats
Faworki 120px Poland Sweet crisp cake in shape of a bow
Financier 120px France A small French cake. The financier is light and moist, similar to sponge cake, and usually contains almond flour, crushed or ground almonds, or almond flavoring. The distinctive feature of the recipe is beurre noisette (brown butter). Other ingredients include egg whites, flour, and powdered sugar. They are baked in shaped molds, usually small rectangular loaves similar in size to petits fours. In terms of texture, it is springy with a crisp, eggshell-like exterior.
Flourless chocolate cake 120px Unknown Chocolate
Fondant Fancy 120px United Kingdom Icing (any of a number of colors), cream
Fragelité 120px Denmark Meringue, almonds, butter, coffee
Frog cake 120px Australia Cream, icing
Fruitcake 120px Ancient Rome Candied fruit; many versions of the fruit cake contain currants, sultanas and glace cherries.
Funing big cake China (Funing County, Jiangsu province) Sticky rice, white sugar and refined lard. Due to health concerns associated with lard consumption, sometimes vegetable oil is used instead of lard.[1]
Genoa cake 120px Italy (Genoa, probably) Sultanas, raisins, glacé cherries
Genoise (Genoese cake) 120px Italy (Genoa, probably) Whole egg
Gingerbread 120px United Kingdom (probably) Ginger
Gooey butter cake 120px United States Butter
Goose Breast 120px Denmark A cream cake known as Gåsebryst in Denmark. A Danish pastry bottom, topped with whipped cream, custard and jam, wrapped in marzipan.
Hash brownies 120px Netherlands, Belgium Also known as space cakes, are bakery products made using one of the forms of cannabis, including hashish.
Hot milk cake United States (probably) Milk, and mocha
Ice cream cake 120px Unknown Ice cream
Jaffa Cakes 120px United Kingdom A biscuit-sized cake introduced by MacVitie and Price in 1927 and named after Jaffa oranges. The most common form of Jaffa Cakes are circular, 2 1⁄2 inches (64 mm) in diameter and have three layers: a Genoise sponge base, a layer of orange flavored jelly and a coating of chocolate.
Kabuni Albania Rice, butter, mutton broth, raisins, sugar, cinnamon, cloves
Karpatka 120px Poland Two to eight layers of very flattened sweet bake pastry with cream and sweet cheese, normally served with fruit and budyn and cardamom and ice cream which may have alcohol also on the side of this luxurious dessert
Kiev cake 120px Ukraine Two airy layers of meringue with hazelnuts, chocolate glaze, and a buttercream-like filling
King cake 120px France
Sugar, cinnamon, milk, and butter
Kladdkaka 120px Sweden Chocolate
Kliņģeris Latvia Yeast, raisins, spices
Kolacz 120px Poland Sweet cheese and cream
Kolaczki 120px Poland Butter, sugar, jam, egg whites, different sweet sugar powder
Kouign-amann 120px France (Brittany) Butter
Kutia 120px Poland
Various nuts and raisins
Kransekake 120px Denmark, Norway Almonds, sugar, egg whites
Kremówka 120px Germany, Slovakia A Polish type of cream pie. It is made of two layers of puff pastry, filled with whipped cream, creamy buttercream, vanilla pastry cream (custard cream) or sometimes egg white cream, and is usually sprinkled with powdered sugar. It also can be decorated with cream or covered with a layer of icing.
Krowka 120px Poland Chocolate, sponge base, caramel and coconut
Lady Baltimore Cake United States Dried fruit, nuts, frosting
Lamanki or Klamäti 120px Poland Chocolate, cinnamon
Lamington 120px Australia Chocolate icing, and desiccated coconut
Layer cake 120px Unknown Yolk, sugar, butter, flour
Lemon cake Unknown Lemon
Madeira cake 120px United Kingdom Butter and sugar
Makowiec 120px Poland Poppy seed cake normally decorated with icing and orange
Magdalena 120px Spain Eggs, granulated sugar, unsalted butter, unbleached white flour, lemon zest, baking powder and milk
Mantecada 120px Spain Eggs, flour, sugar and butter (cow fat in the Mantecadas de Astorga; corn flour in Colombia)
Marble cake 120px Denmark Vanilla, coffee, and/or chocolate
Mazurek 120px Poland Easter cake with a type of shortcrust tart and topping
Mille-feuille 120px France Also known as a Napoleon, is three layers of puff pastry alternating with two layers of pastry cream. The top is glazed in white (icing) and brown (chocolate) strips, and combed.
Molten chocolate cake 120px United States Also known as lava cake is a popular dessert that combines the elements of a flourless chocolate cake (sometimes called a chocolate decadence cake) and a soufflé. Some other names used are chocolate fondant, chocolate moelleux and chocolate lava cake.
Mooncake 120px China A Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiujie).
Muffin 120px Unknown An individual sized quick bread product which can be sweet or savory. The typical American muffin is similar to a cupcake in size and cooking methods. These can come in both savory varieties, such as corn or cheese muffins, or sweet varieties such as blueberry or banana. It also refers to a flatter disk-shaped bread of English origin, commonly referred to as an English muffin outside the United Kingdom. These muffins are also popular in Commonwealth countries and the United States.
Napoleonshat 120px Denmark A marzipan based cake, shaped like a Napoleon's Hat and dipped in dark chocolate.
Napeleonskake Norway, Denmark, Iceland A cake that is similar to tompouce, but it has different flavors like caramel or carob.
Nasturtium cake Spain A cake made primarily with egg yolk and syrup. The cake is usually presented in a cylindrical shape or a rectangle, depending on the mold. This is a cake that is made by a water bath. It can often be served at room temperature.
Oponki or Paczki 120px Poland Round spongy yeast cake with sweet topping and other chocolate
Opera cake 120px France Ganache, sponge cake, and coffee syrup
Orange and polenta cake Italy Oranges and polenta
Othellolagkage 120px Denmark A layer cake with sponge cake, cream, chocolate, raspberry, egg, vanilla, marzipan,
Paczki 120px Poland Round cake with spongy yeast containing strawberry, liqueur, budyn and ( sweet ) cheese and other chocolate
Pancake 120px Ancient Rome Flat, round cake, made with eggs, milk, and plain flour
Panpepato 120px Italy Varies, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts
Panettone 120px Italy Raisins, orange peel, and lemon peel
Parkin 120px United Kingdom Treacle and oats
Pavlova 120px New Zealand Egg white and sugar (meringue); named after Anna Pavlova
Petit Gâteau 120px France Chocolate and served with Ice-cream
Petits fours 120px France Butter cream
Piernik 120px Poland Gingerbread with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and cardamom
Pineapple upside-down cake 120px United Kingdom Pineapple
Plum cake 120px United Kingdom (England) Referred to fruitcake prepared with raisins and currants in England since around 1700. Today it refers to a cake prepared with plum as a primary ingredient.
Pound cake 120px United Kingdom Butter, sugar
Princess Cake 120px Sweden Alternating layers of sponge cake and whipped cream, a layer of berry jam and a layer of custard, all topped with a layer of (green) marzipan.
Prinzregententorte 120px Germany Sponge cake, buttercream and dark chocolate glaze
Pumpkin bread 120px United States Pumpkin, sometimes chocolate
Punschkrapfen 120px Austria Cake crumbs, nougat chocolate, apricot jam, and rum
Queen Elizabeth cake Canada (Quebec) Coconut, dates
Qumeshtore me pete Albania Cream, vanilla, syrup, lemon juice, and lemon skin
Red bean cake 120px Japan, China Azuki bean and red bean paste
Red velvet cake 120px United States Red coloring and cocoa
Rum cake 120px Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago Rum, dried fruit
Rum baba 120px Italian Rum, yeast, whipped cream
Ruske kape 120px Bosnia, Serbia Chocolate, and coconut
Sachertorte 120px Austria Apricot, and cream
Šakotis 120px Lithuania, Poland Traditional cake created by painting layers of dough onto a rotating spit while being baked.
Salzburger Nockerl 120px Austria Egg yolk, flour and milk
Seis leches cake Mexico, Spain A cake that was invented with six milks.
Sekacz 120px Poland Sponge cake with chocolate
Sernik 120px Poland Cream cheese, sponge cake, raisins and different spices
Sesame seed cake 120px Unknown Sesame seeds, often with honey as a sweetener
Sfouf Lebanon Almond and semolina
Simnel cake 120px United Kingdom Marzipan and dried fruit
Smoked salmon cheesecake 120px United Kingdom (Scotland) Savory cheesecake containing smoked salmon
Smörgåstårta 120px Sweden, Estonia, Finland A cake that literally means "sandwich-cake" or "sandwich gateau" and it is a Scandinavian cuisine dish that is popular in Sweden, Estonia (as "võileivatort") and Finland (as "voileipäkakku"). This savoury cake is compositionally similar to a sandwich, but it has such a large amount of filling that it more resembles a layered cream cake with garnished top.
Snowball cake 120px United States Marshmallow and coconut frosting
Snow skin mooncake 120px Hong Kong, China A Chinese food eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is a non-baked mooncake which originated in Hong Kong. The snow skin mooncake was developed by a bakery in Hong Kong, because the traditional mooncakes were made with salted duck egg yolks and lotus seed paste, resulting in very high sugar and oil content. It is also known as snowy mooncake, icy mooncake, and crystal mooncake.
Soufflé 120px France Cream sauce or purée with beaten egg whites
Spekkoek 120px Dutch East Indies Multi-layered, containing cinnamon, clove, mace and anise.
Spice cake 120px North America Spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and/or mace
Spit cake 120px A term for hollow, cylindrical cakes prepared in several countries
Sponge cake 120px United Kingdom Flour, sugar and eggs.
St. Honoré cake 120px France Caramel and Chiboust cream
Stack cake 120px United States A cake that replaces a wedding cake.
Streuselkuchen 120px Germany Streusel (butter, flour and sugar)
Studenterbrød 120px Denmark Trøffelmasse (crumbled cakes, cocoa-powder, sugar, butter, liquor), raspberry and chocolate.
Sultana and cherry cake United Kingdom Sultanas and glace cherries
Suncake 120px Taiwan A popular Taiwanese dessert originally from the city of Taichung in Taiwan. The typical fillings consist of maltose (condensed malt sugar), and they are usually sold in special gift boxes as souvenirs for visitors.
Swiss roll 120px United Kingdom, not Switzerland as the name implies Jam and creamy filling; may come in different colors
Tarte Tatin 120px France Varies, commonly apple or pear
Tea loaf United Kingdom Currants, sultanas and tea
Teacake 120px United Kingdom Currants and sultanas
Tiramisu 120px Italy Savoiardi and espresso
Tompouce 120px Netherlands Cream, icing
Torta Tre Monti Italy (San Marino) Hazelnuts
Tres leches cake 120px Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua Evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream or sour cream
Tunis cake Scotland, Northern Ireland Chocolate and marzipan
Træstammer 120px Denmark Literally "wooden-logs". Trøffelmasse (crumbled cakes, cocoa-powder, sugar, butter, rum), marzipan and chocolate Sweden has a similar cake known as Punsch-rolls.
Upside-down cake 120px United Kingdom A cake that various ingredients like kiwi fruit or guava.
Victoria sponge cake 120px United Kingdom A cake that was named after the Queen Victoria, who was known to enjoy a slice of the sponge cake with her afternoon tea. It is often referred to simply as "sponge cake", though it contains additional fat. A typical Victoria sponge consists of raspberry jam and whipped double cream or vanilla cream. The jam and cream are sandwiched between two sponge cakes; the top of the cake is not iced or decorated apart from a dusting of icing sugar. The Women's Institute publishes a variation on the Victoria sandwich that has raspberry jam as the filling and is dusted with caster sugar, not icing sugar.
Wedding cake 120px Unknown A traditional cake that is served at wedding receptions following dinner. In some parts of England, the wedding cake is served at a wedding breakfast, on the morning following the ceremony. In modern Western culture, the cake is usually on display and served to guests at the reception.
Welsh cake 120px United Kingdom (Wales) Currants
Whoopie pies 120px United States Cocoa, vanilla
Wine cake Colombia Wine


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