Can You Name These Cakes from a Photo?

Monica Lee

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About This Quiz

Your preferred cake says so much about you. Are you an equal-opportunity cake eater? Or are you one who enjoys a simple and soul-satisfying buttery slice of pound cake? Perhaps you love more than a rich taste within a single bite. If so, a scrumptious slice of spice cake would do the trick. Or are you someone who enjoys a little cake with your frosting -- where the ideal ratio is 1 to 1? If so, the Esterházy torte with chocolate buttercream sandwiched between four layers of sponge cake might be perfect for you. 

No matter what your cake personality is, the history of cake baking is fascinating in and of itself. A taste for sweetness is a part of human history. According to food historians, the ancient Egyptians were the first to show evidence of advanced baking skills. The first cakes started with bread sweetened with honey, nuts and dried fruits. Today, the various types and piping-designed cakes are so numerous, you may have to ponder the choices with a sweet treat nearby. Whether you are a cake connoisseur or have a fondness for all things sweet, take a quiz that will tantalize your taste buds. When you're done, head to your nearest bakery for that slice of perfection.

What light and fluffy cake is this?

This light and fluffy cake has an airy texture and a subtly sweet taste. Nothing overpowering here. It's a cake that is heaven sent.

It's the color that gives this one away. What tempting cake is this?

The ingredients of this delicious cake include red food coloring and vinegar, which adds acidity to the classic red cake. Red velvet cake is traditionally made with cream cheese frosting.

What's this German dessert?

The Black Forest Gateau was created in Germany. It is a chocolate sponge cake with a rich cherry filling and whipped cream frosting.

It's healthy, except for the calories. What is it?

OK, maybe there are not enough carrots to make this super healthy, however, the carrots make this cake incredibly moist and the ultra-creamy cream cheese frosting make it highly caloric. Live a little!

This one takes a special pan. What is it?

Baked in a Bundt pan, this shape is inspired by a traditional European cake known as Gugelhupf, but Bundt cakes are not generally associated with any single recipe. This one is fun for creative bakers.

What's the name of this delectable cake?

The first slice always gets "oohs" and "ahhs." There are two different types of batter (usually chocolate and vanilla) within the cake that are lightly blended to create a streaked or mottled design.

You'll have to roll with this one. What is it?

A Swiss roll is a type of sponge cake roll filled with whipped cream, jam, or icing. There is no butter in the cake part, so feel free to lather on something decadent for the frosting.

What is the name of the cake pictured?

What's the difference between an angel food cake and a chiffon cake? They are both light and fluffy cakes made with eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and flavorings. However, instead of butter or shortening, vegetable oil is used in the chiffon cake.

A Passover favorite. What is it?

If you need to eat gluten-free or are observing Passover, a flourless chocolate cake is a rich and satisfying alternative. This is a dense "fallen" cake made from an aerated chocolate custard.

What scrumptious cake is this?

With a delicious streusel topping, this cake is intended to be eaten or flavored with coffee.

Is a tall glass of cold milk a requisite to your cake eating? Then you'll love this milky cake.

Whether it is a sponge cake or a butter cake, a tres leches cake is soaked in three kinds of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. Yum.

What's the name of this velvety beauty?

Whether you use melted chocolate, cocoa powder, or both, a chocolate cake has a crumb that's beautifully tender and moist, so that a fork can be pressed down on it to gather every last morsel. Only serious cake eaters will understand this.

The mouth-feel on this one will keep a smile on your face. What is it?

The perfect cheescake is tangy and sweet, with a velvety smooth and rich texture. It is made with a mixture of soft, fresh cheese and can be topped with glazed fruit, sour cream frosting or served plain on a graham cracker crust.

This one doesn't taste nutty at all. What is it?

Moist and flavorful, the coconut cake is a popular dessert in the Southern region of the United States. It is a heavenly cake with white frosting and covered in coconut flakes.

Full of old-world comfort, what cake is this?

Apple cake is a popular dessert because of the yummy brown sugar sauce and the chunks of apple that add richness to a plain cake base.

Simplicity is best when you use the best ingredients. What type of cake is this?

If you have fresh off-the-farm ingredients, this cake is a winner every time. Butter cake is simply butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and baking powder or baking soda. Appreciate the taste of simplicity.

This sweet treat puts smiles on the ​faces of kids (and adults). What is it?

An ice cream cake is ice cream in the shape of a cake with layers of sponge cake or cookie crumble in between. Any flavor ice cream qualifies, but eat it before it melts!

What German-inspired treat is this?

Baumkuchen is a traditional pastry of many European countries and has also become more popular in Japan than Germany, where it originated. It is hard to make and needs a rotisserie and spit, although there are recipes where you can make it in an oven.

It's a classic. What is it?

Why does a cake have "pie" in its name? When this dessert was created, cakes and pies were cooked in the same pans, and the words were used interchangeably.

Looking for a cake that isn't the height of sweetness? You'll find it in this picture. What's its name?

Although it is still sweet, a spice cake can include a mixture of spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg. It has more flavors to keep your taste buds tingling.

Simple, rich and dense. What is it?

How did this cake get its name? Easy. When first created, it used a pound of each of four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar.

This is an Easter Cake. Which one is it?

Simnel cake is a light fruit cake served during Easter in the United Kingdom, Ireland and some other countries. One of the key ingredients is almond paste or marzipan.

What tempting treat is this?

When you put currants, sultanas, ​and almonds into a cake, it's bound to be delicious. The Dundee cake is a famous traditional Scottish fruit cake.

It is visually stunning and also scrumptious. What cake is it?

With pineapples and cherries covering the cake, this upside-down cake is beautiful to look at and delicious to eat.

If you tasted this once, you'll never forget it. What's the name of this cake?

You'll sing after you taste this almond sponge cake soaked in coffee syrup, layered with ganache and coffee buttercream, and covered in a chocolate glaze.

A favorite dessert for those who like chocolate and coconut. What is the name of this cake?

It's easy to tell the difference between a Devil's Food Cake and a German Chocolate Cake, as the layered German Chocolate Cake is filled and topped with a coconut-pecan frosting.

What is the name of this very versatile and flavorful cake?

Banana cake can be served as a layer cake, as muffins and as cupcakes. This irresistible and scrumptious cake is a crowd pleaser. It's a favorite of many.

Decadent is the key word here. Which cake is being described?

This cake is actually a chocolate fondant made with a small chocolate cake with crunchy rind and mellow filling served hot. It is decadent and delicious.

Depending on the chef, you may need to take a breathalyzer before driving home. Which cake is this?

This traditional holiday dessert can change the slogan from "Don't drink and drive" to "Don't eat and drive." Rum is used as the main liquid in this cake recipe and can still keep its​ potency after baked.

This is a very organized cake. What is it?

Which each piece covered in jam and a distinctive two-by-two check pattern displayed when sliced, (alternately colored pink and yellow), the Battenberg is perfect for those who find beauty (and taste) in a perfectly proportioned cake.

A cake with a kick. Which one is this?

Although small, these rum babas have a kick, as they're soaked in hard liquor, usually rum. To give it added "umf" it is sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream.

This one is rolled in coconut. Which one is it?

Take squares of butter cake or sponge cake and coat them in a layer of chocolate sauce, then roll in shredded coconut to get a Lamington. It's a popular treat in Australia.

Cake and coffee go together so well. No wonder this cake is a hit worldwide. Which one is it?

This Italian dessert is easily recognized by its ladyfingers dipped in coffee and layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese.

Looking for a light, sweet dessert. Look no further. What cake is this?

Imagine biting into layers of almond and hazelnut meringue topped with whipped cream on a buttery biscuit base. Yes, that light, heavenly taste is a Dacquoise.

It's hard to keep consciousness once you taste this cake. What is it?

When you don't want just a light flavor of chocolate, instead, you want enough intense chocolate to make your head spin, get a Blackout cake, sometimes called a Brooklyn Blackout cake. It's a chocolate cake filled with chocolate pudding and chocolate cake crumbs, and frosted with chocolate icing.

This cake is baked for ceremonial occasions. Which cake is this?

If you are in Italy or France for a special occasion, say a wedding, baptism or first communion, you may taste this exquisite and elegant cake. It is choux pastry balls piled into a cone and bound with threads of caramel.

There may be jokes made about this cake, but a true baker can make it mouth-watering. What cake is this?

Although the fruits in this cake are candied or dried and sometime soaked in liquor, when nuts and spices are added, it has a wonderful rich flavor.

What yummy treat is this?

Do you like spiced, currant-filled, flat pastry cake? Then this cake is perfect to have with tea or coffee. It is similar to an Eccles cake, although it is more oval.

You'll want to steal this one. What is it?

Stollen is a fruit bread of nuts, spices, and dried or candied fruit, coated with powdered sugar or icing sugar. It is a traditional German bread eaten during the Christmas season, when it is called Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen

Final question before you let them eat cake. What is the name of this cake?

This seasonal treat is well worth visiting Belgium, France, Lebanon, Switzerland, Quebec, and several former French colonies during Christmas. It is s a heavenly, flourless chocolate cake rolled with chocolate whipped cream.

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