90% of People Can't Name These Delicious Pastries From an Image? How Will You do?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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About This Quiz

Are you more comfortable sipping a cappuccino and indulging in a brioche at a panetteria, or taking out a warm, chocolate croissant from your oven? When marzipan envelops a cake and the piping is perfection, do your eyes light up? Whether your favorite food is a biscotti or a good 'ol piece of apple pie, you might be surprised at how sophisticated you are when it comes to the world of fresh-baked goods. Take a look at these mouth-watering pictures and tell us what comes to mind. Take the quiz now by clicking the button below. 

This quiz will not only tease your taste buds with attractive photos, but you'll also enjoy tasty tidbits of history as you choose your answers.  For instance, fat rascals, (cakes that are closely related to both a scone and a rock cake) were first made in Yorkshire, England, and they have been around since Elizabethan times, or mid-16th century. Other tidbits include how the dessert is served, the ingredients, and the traditional time when the sweet treat is eaten. 

Think of this quiz as browsing through your favorite recipe website or magazine to choose your next spectacular dessert. Start the quiz now and get your Sweet On.


The apple pie is just one of a number of popular fruit pies. It is also a kind of tart. In popular culture, the term “apple pie” has become synonymous with “homeliness.”

It is believed that pretzels were first made by monks in Europe during the Early Middle Ages. The term “pretzel” not only refers to the pastry, but also to the twisted shape of this usually crisp and salty treat.

In the US, a pancake and a flapjack are basically the same thing. In the UK, however, they are very different, with flapjacks being sweet, dense and normally containing golden syrup, oats and melted butter. In addition, UK flapjacks are normally served as rectangles.

Traditionally, plum cakes are made with plums both inside and layered on top. They can also be made with prunes, as well as with grapes, raisins or currants.

A turnover is often described as a pastry sandwich. The filling may be sweet or savory, with common choices being fruit (cherries, apples, blueberries), meat (chicken, pork, beef), sweet potatoes or cheese.

This sponge cake is made with a rich chocolate flavor and comes in a distinctive reddish color. The layers of cake are often alternated with buttercream or cream cheese icing.

This sweet pastry is made up of spiced apple in a jacket of rolled flaky pastry. The strudel, in general, originated in Austria and is regarded as one of that country’s national dishes.

Fat rascals are cakes that are closely related to both a scone and a rock cake. Records show that fat rascals were first made in Yorkshire, England and that they have been around since Elizabethan times (or mid-16th century).

Also known as rock buns, rock cakes are a type of fruit cake. Their origin can be traced to Great Britain. Harry Potter fans may recall that J. K. Rowling mentions them several times throughout the series.

Crêpes are thin pancakes which may be served with a sweet or savory filling. One famous variation is the crêpe Suzette which is often served as a desert.

This German original is also called Black forest gateau (gateau being the French word for cake). It is a decadent treat of layered chocolate sponge cake, cherries and whipped cream.

A swirled variation of raisin bread is called “pain aux raisins” in some areas of France and “escargot” (which means snail) in other areas. Raisin bread is traditionally flavored with cinnamon.

The bear claw is often made from a folded circle (hence its semi-circular shape. Slits are cut in the dough so that the finished pastry looks like a bear’s claw. It is usually filled with fruits, raisins or almond paste.

The Swiss roll goes by many other names. These include jelly roll, jam roll and cream roll. In the US, the term “chocolate log” is used to refer to the chocolate Swiss roll.

The pecan tree is native to Mexico and some southern regions of the US. The use of pecans as food by some Native American groups has been traced as far back as 8,000 years ago.

Walnuts and chocolate chips are commonly added to this rich chocolate cake which is traditionally served cut into squares. A “blondie” is a brownie without melted chocolate in its batter and hence it does not have the characteristic deep brown color of regular brownies.

There are numerous variations as to the type of cookie and filling used to make sandwich cookies. Chocolate sandwich cookies consist of two chocolate cookies with cream as the popular filling.

Upside-Down cakes are made by pouring batter over a layer of fruit in butter. The inverted baked cake then has the syrupy fruit as a topping. Popular variations are the pineapple upside-down cake and the tarte Tatin which usually has caramelized apples as the topping.

Sour Morello cherries are traditionally used in cherry pies but other, sweeter varieties can also be used. Popular toppings for a cherry pie include ice-cream and whipped cream.

The defining feature of a Bundt cake is its shape – a puffed and grooved ring. The cake gets its shape from being baked in a Bundt pan which has a cylindrical tube in its center and grooved sides.

The Berliner originated in Germany (as the name suggests) but in that country, it is known as “Pfannkuchen.” The Berliner is best described as a doughnut-like pastry with a filling of jam or marmalade topped with vanilla icing or powdered sugar.

These small round pastries tend to have a chewy texture and typically consist of two chocolate cake halves with a sweet, creamy filling between them. They go by several names, including black moon, black-and-white and BFO (which stands for Big Fat Oreo).

A mooncake is a round cake customarily made with a filling of red bean or lotus seed paste. They are traditionally eaten during the Chinese Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival.

Cheesecake is a rich sweet tart made by topping a biscuit base with cream and soft cheese. This layer may also be topped with fruit, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, nuts, fruit sauce or cookies.

Animal crackers are made in the shapes of various animals – particularly those you find at the zoo, as opposed to domesticated ones. Common shapes include camel, lion, elephant and monkey.

Contrary to popular belief, the fortune cookie did not originate in China and is not a tradition there. They are, however, very popular in Chinese restaurants in Western countries.

The popular cinnamon roll is also called a cinnamon bun or a cinnamon Danish. Due to its shape, it is also known as a cinnamon swirl or cinnamon snail.

The first cupcakes were baked in actual cups - hence the name. They are made in a wide variety of flavors and with an even wider variety of toppings.

Also known as rainbow cookies, these are made from layers of colored cake. The layers are held together with jam and the completed cake is given a chocolate coating.

The “macaron” is often confused with the “macaroon.” A macaron is a small round cake with a consistency best likened to a meringue, its two halves sandwiching a cream filling. The macaroon, on the other hand, is a ground almond or coconut cookie.

These sweet sponge biscuits are named for their shape. They have been around since at least the 15th century.

Lemon meringue pies are not made with an upper crust. The top meringue layer consists of egg whites and sugar.

Rum balls themselves are not baked. They are, however, made from cake or biscuit crumbs mixed with chocolate and rum.

Also called lady locks, cream horns typically have a jam and cream filling. The horn shape is achieved by layering strips of pastry around a mold.

The name is written as both “fruitcake” and “fruit cake.” In ancient Rome, fruitcakes consisted of barley mash with pine nuts, pomegranate seeds and raisins added.

Wafers are very thin cookies and are also typically dry, sweet and flat. They are usually served with ice-cream but are also popular when layered and sandwiching a cream filling.

Fig rolls are thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt. The fig is a staple food in many Mediterranean countries. It is often referred to as “the poor man’s food.”

Gingerbread cookies are traditionally made in the shape of a human male and called “gingerbread men.” Nowadays, it is normal to see several different shapes being used, many related to holidays and celebrations.

The earliest use of the term “chocolate chip cookie” has been traced to The Washington Post newspaper in the 1930s. The cookie is made in many variations, including the chocolate chocolate chip cookie.

Generally, cobblers are made by covering a sweet (usually fruit) or savory filling with a cake-like crust on top. The crust can be made from batter, uncooked plain biscuits or uncooked dumplings.

This well-known French treat is a crescent-shaped, sweet and flaky roll. Its characteristic flakiness comes from the dough being repeatedly buttered, rolled and folded.

Nuts are usually added to these small rectangular biscuits which originated in Italy. They are twice-baked so as to make them extra-dry and are traditionally served with a drink.

Empanadas are a type of turnover originally from Spanish and Latin American cuisines. They may be baked or fried and they typically have a savory filling.

These sweet snacks have been around since the 1930’s. They are a campfire favorite made by sandwiching chocolate and toasted marshmallows between graham crackers.

Cannoli are Italian pastries shaped like hard tubular shells. They are filled with sweetened ricotta cheese to which nuts or chocolate bits are often added.

There are two types of muffins. The first is shaped like a cupcake and usually prepared in the same sort of baking tin as cupcakes. The second is the English muffin which is a spongy, flat and circular bread roll.

Doughnuts are typically small, deep-fried, sweetened cakes. They are usually ball or ring-shaped and made with a wide variety of toppings.

Danish are made using a laminating procedure which accounts for their flakiness. They are sweet and commonly topped or filled with fruit, cheese or nuts.

Churros originated in Spain and Portugal but have since become very popular in many other countries. These long, sweet, fried snacks are sometimes curled before frying.

The filling for an éclair is typically added after baking. Popular fillings include vanilla-flavored, coffee-flavored or chocolate-flavor custard.

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