We stumbled upon this fascinating blog post the other day and thought we should share it with you. We’re pretty much obsessed with cake so we’re always looking for new recipes to try and it’s just so interesting to see what’s popular in other countries and cultures.
In the UK we’ve got a long and rich tradition of baking, with cakes forming a luxury item used in celebrations for centuries. Like most of our cooking, our cake recipes have evolved and taken influence and ingredients from different countries. Particularly as we explored the world during colonial times, we found new exotic fruits and spices and picked up new ways of cooking and preparing sweet foods. This has left us with a wonderful array of baking options, never more apparent than a trip to your local bakery where there are always so many cakes, flans, buns and everything else under the sun on the menu. Fantastic!
When you look at the popular dishes in different countries, we can usually find something familiar about it. Take a look at these cakes from around the world and most of you will instantly recognise the Pavlova or German Black Forest Gateaux. The same is probabl true of the Panettone from Italy which is now a staple on supermarket shelves over the Christmas period. Some less familiar desserts include the Japanese Mochi or the Indian Mawa cakes, but would you be surprised if these started appearing in the shops? We certainly wouldn’t and we’re grateful British culture takes on foreign food influences so willingly, giving us one of the most diverse and interesting diets anywhere in the world.
Take a look through the top 10 cakes from around the world and maybe you’d like to try baking one for yourself?