No matter where we come from in the world, one language that is universal, is the language of food. In terms of popularity, you simply cannot go far wrong with cake. Pretty much everybody in the known universe enjoys cake, and honestly, are you really that shocked? Have you tasted cake? It’s amazing! ‘Cake’ however, is a very broad term as there are so many varieties of cake to choose from that it would take an age to list them all. As you travel from country to country however, you will find that each country has its own unique takes on cakes and cake recipes. Here’s a look at some popular cakes enjoyed around the world.
German Liqueur cakes – German liqueur cakes have been around for more than 100 years and are traditionally made from a variety of different liqueurs. In particular, you will find rum cakes and amaretto cakes especially popular. Often you will find that the cakes contain a traditional fruit cake mixture, with fruits soaked in liqueurs, often for days at a time, until they soak up and absorb the wonderful alcohol flavors.
Croquembouche – A Croquembouche is a traditional French patisserie cake, served in a special tin, that is often used as a traditional wedding cake. It is incredibly impressive to look at, and it happens to taste even better. It is made from hundreds of cream-filled profiteroles that are gently stuck together and moulded into a cone shape with a croquembouche cake tin. Sometimes the profiteroles are dunked in chocolate and can be moulded together with caramel. The finished piece makes a stunning centre piece and is decorated with hand spun caramel.
Ines Rosales Citrus Crumble Cakes – Next we’re making our way over to Spain, as we look at the Ines Rosales Crumble cake. These cakes are enjoyed in many parts of Spain and provide a wonderful, citrusy, aromatic flavor. Made traditionally with a double layer of crumbly pasty, these cakes are held in place with a rich and decadent citrus filling that is rich and creamy. They can be enjoyed individually, or they can be enjoyed with a warm cup of coffee or tea, or even something stronger. They also work very well when served with ice cream.
Taiwanese Pineapple Cake – As you’ve probably figured out, these cakes are enjoyed in Taiwan, where they are known traditionally as Fung Li Su. Pineapples are seen as a status symbol in many parts of modern society, so it’s no wonder why this cake is enjoyed on special occasions and celebrations. These Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes resemble pineapple tarts and have a deliciously rich buttery casing, along with a sweet, yet slightly sharp, pineapple jam filling. They are instantly recognizable thanks to their trademark rectangular shape, and they’re as common in Taiwan, as Tea is in England.