"The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth. "
- Pierre Abelard
When it comes to having cakes, everybody has their favorite type of cake which one is yours? A chocolate or vanilla cake? Well, there are numerous types of cakes, you’ll either divide them by flavors or the manner those cakes are created. Let’s state some categories of the types of cakes here:
1. Tea Cake
Whether you call them tea cakes, quick breads, or loaf cakes, there’s something about a bread that can cure an afternoon sweet tooth and count as a breakfast food. Teacake is basically a no frill, loaf-shaped cake with various flavor possibilities, which you can have with tea/coffee. For example, date and walnut loaf, lemon loaf, etc. They ideally do not have any icing or toppings and are served as warm slices. These cakes are made with regular ingredients like sugar, butter, flour, eggs, leavening agents and the chosen flavor. But, traditionally speaking, tea cake is from England and is yeast fermented sweet bun.
Read:- 10 Types of Chocolate Cakes
Now who doesn’t love cheesecake? I am yet to come across someone who says, “Cheesecake, Nah!” There are two versions of it, baked one, which is known as the New York style cheesecake and a no-bake version. Cheesecakes have a base of graham crackers and melted butter to add that extra flavor and texture.
The classic New York style cheesecake is made with cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla, poured on that biscuit base and baked. It’s creamy and cracks free when baked to perfection. And the no-bake version is made with cream cheese, cream, gelatin, and the chosen flavor. Mixed and poured onto the biscuit base and frozen for a couple of hours to set. So which one is your favorite?
3. Cream cake
This is the most common type of cakes. Cream cakes are cakes that can be layered and filled with flavored whipped cream. Black forest cake, white forest cake comes under this category.
4. Pound Cake
Pound cake is a relative of butter cake. One of the classics, this cake got its name from the fact that all the ingredients used were one pound in quantity. It is the simplest to make and yet the hardest because there is no room for errors. It is particularly known for its dense texture.
A pound cake is usually baked in a loaf or Bundt pan. Many coffee cakes, sour cream cakes, and fruit crumb cakes are variations of pound cake.
5. Angel Food Cake
I believe this cake gets its name from its snow white like color. It is basically made with egg whites, flour, sugar, and no butter. Most angel food cakes have a spongy, chewy quality derived from their relatively high sugar content. It is made in a tube pan and cooled upside down to avoid any collapsing of cake. There’s also no butter here, so the cake is fat free.
6. Fondant Cakes
The most common questions about these cakes are what is fondant? What is fondant cake? What is fondant made of? Let us try and answer these questions.
Fondant is a French word for “melting”. In simple words, it is like a dough of icing sugar, made with sugar, corn syrup, water, and glycerin. You can buy ready made fondant or make your own too. There are several recipes available online.
There are mainly two kinds of fondant:
- Rolled fondant
- Pouring fondant
Rolled Fondant cakes are the regular baked, filled and crumb coated cakes, covered with rolled fondant.
The pouring kind is cooked and poured over the cake for a thin fondant layer.
Fondant cakes are customized as per your requirements. Fondant cakes are the latest trend, be it birthdays or weddings or bachelor parties. The theme possibilities are infinite when someone is working with fondant. Fondant cakes are expressive and a status symbol in today’s time.