Cakes are something we never get tired of. There's probably a reason why there's a cake at every big event in our lives - birthdays, Christmas, New Years or even going away parties. There's a wide range of customization with cakes, so even the pickiest of eaters are almost sure to have a kind of cake that they like.
Cakes don't even have to be sweet - it can be savoury. For the most part, though, much of the world likes to stick to the classics. Stuff like angel food cake, chocolate cake, ice cream cake, lemon cake or even birthday cake (don't worry - it doesn't have to be anyone's birthday for us to eat cake made from boxed birthday cake mix.) Even if we all like cake, the difference is that each and every one of us has our own preference on how we like it. Some of us might like chocolate cake, but in that group of people, some people are going to like heaps of frosting on it while others prefer powdered sugar.
Preferences make us who we are. They make us unique. Otherwise, the world wouldn't really be a fun place. Even the smallest or most niche of decisions tell us a lot about a person (or so we think.) So, pick or pass on these cakes and we'll reveal the most fitting sign!
If it has cake in the name, it counts as cake. When we think of pancakes, we're usually thinking of buttermilk pancakes with a river of maple syrup covering them. Pancakes don't always have to be sweet though - there's flavors like cheddar and scallion that will satisfy you if you don't have a sweet tooth or if you want to change things up.
2Black forest cake
Black forest cake is one of those cakes people break out for special celebrations. A fun fact - black forest cake originally came from Germany. In general, black forest cake is many layers of chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream and cherry filling. More whipped cream, chocolate shavings as well as whole cherries are used to garnish the cake - it's definitely not a cake for someone who's not into rich tasting food.
3Ice cream cake
This is one of those cakes that you pretty much see at every birthday party, whether you're an adult or a kid. There's so many choices - you could basically have as many different kinds of ice cream as you would ever want and other extra stuff too, like nuts! These cakes might not be the best for you, but having it once in a while isn't so bad!
Malay cake is a type of steamed cake that is often served in dim sum restaurants. Though this cake looks fluffy and simple, the process is quite hands-on and the time it takes to make the cake is around 3 hours. If you have the patience, it's well worth trying.
5Green onion cake
Flat, crispy and full of green onions, green onion cakes is a one kind of cake that's definitely not on the sweet side. Often sold as a street food in Asia, these cakes are not only tasty but also cheap. If you're so inclined, they're quite simple to make at home and don't take long at all. Flour, oil, green onions, water and salt are the basic ingredients you need.
Whether you have too many lemons on your hands or if you're just a fan of lemons in general, lemon cake is a great dessert for any occasion. These cakes are sugary, sweet and slightly lemon-y, so you don't need to worry about them being sour and unpalatable. Often times, butter cream frosting is used alongside lemon cakes.
7Angel food cake
As the name might imply, this cake is simply heavenly for most people. What you might not know is that angel food cake is made without butter - so if you're trying to watch your dairy intake, angel food cake might be good for that. There's so many different ways you could customize angel cake - with fruits, creams, chocolates or sprinkles.
If you're looking to try to balance your dessert eating with some fruits, strawberry shortcake might be just the thing. The base ingredients for the cake are pretty simple - flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, salt, butter and cream. It's the perfect dessert to make you feel a little less guilty about having dessert!
This delightful cake combines two well-loved desserts into one: cheesecake and oreo cookies! Made with cream cheese, sugar, crushed oreo cookies, butter, whipped cream and chocolate sauce, what's not to like? The best part about this cake is that some versions don't even require an oven to bake - all you need is a fridge to set your cake in for a couple of hours and you'll have a great cheesecake.
Technically only a cake by name, these little pastries are still delicious anyway. Served toasted and buttered, they can be made with fruit, milk or sugar and are often served alongside tea (no surprise here.) They also can be served with ham and cheese if you prefer a more savory kind of snack.
Chiffon cakes are a light cake made with flour, vegetable oil, eggs and sugar. Simple, but the possibilities for customization are endless. For example, you could put chocolate chips inside if you wanted some crunch or whipped cream on top for some extra sweetness.
12Molten chocolate cake
Also known as lava cake, this cake has a smooth, liquid chocolate inside that will keep you coming back for more. You don't even have to be on a fancy night out to have molten chocolate cake - there are versions of this cake that you can make in a mug via microwaving.
We've all heard of avocado toast, but who would have thought that avocado cake would be a thing. The avocado apparently gives these cakes (as well as the other desserts that they're in) a creamy texture. Other common ingredients in avocado cakes include a variety of nuts, yogurt, cinnamon, chocolate, custard and raisins.
For a cake with a refreshing taste, maybe a mint cake will be what you're looking for. Often made with chocolate, mint cakes are popular with both mint and chocolate lovers. Though they might take longer to make than some of your basic cakes, the end result is well worth it.
If you have a bunch of bananas that are going to be too ripe to eat soon, banana cake is a great way to use them and still get a tasty treat out of it. The ingredients are simple - sugar, flour, eggs, bananas, butter and baking soda. This is all stuff that's very likely to be in your house already, so if you want a cake without going out, banana cake is the perfect thing
Carrot cake technically counts as getting your vegetables in, right? Either way, this is a classic cake that's popular with pretty much everyone. Even though it has carrots in it, it doesn't actually taste like carrots. So if you adamantly hate carrots, no worries - this cake will be just as delicious to you as any other cake.
17Red velvet cake
If you love cream cheese frosting and want a milder chocolate taste to your desserts, red velvet cake is the way to go. Red velvet cakes differ from regular chocolate cake in that they have less cocoa and have more of an acidic component. Moist, but still light and fluffy, the whole cake will be gone and in your stomach before you know it.
This is that cake you get gifted around holiday season that you're never quite sure what to do with. Fruit cakes are made with dried or candied fruits, as well as a variety of spices. If preserved fruit isn't so much your thing, making fruit cake yourself with fresh fruit is always an option.
If you're a fan of honey, then honey cake is going to be right up your alley. With honey being as sweet as it is, hardly (if any) additional sugar is needed in a honey cake. Plus, if you bought honey to use in a cake but have a lot leftover, you don't have to worry about it spoiling like other ingredients would.
20Pineapple upside down cake
As the name implies, the toppings of the cake are in the bottom of the pan before it goes into the oven. When it's done baking, you flip the pan back over and the cake toppings will be right side up again! Pineapple upside down cake isn't made with just pineapples - other fruits like apples and cherries are often included.
Chocolate cake is a well-loved dessert. Whether we have it as a casual dessert, a celebration dessert or a cheat meal, it's special to many of us. There's no one right way to make a chocolate cake - if you prefer sweeter chocolate, you can use milk chocolate or white chocolate in your batter. If you prefer a more bitter taste, dark chocolate and cocoa powder work well.
One of your favorite candies, now in cake form. Rich and sweet, toffee cake is often made with dates, apples, cream, caramel sauce, ice cream and even fudge. If you have a huge sweet tooth to satisfy, toffee cake may be just what you're looking for. For best results, this cake should be served warm.
23Swiss roll cake
If you prefer a cake that's light but still sweet and tasty, swiss roll cake is a perfect choice. With so many different choices for the cake itself as well as the cream filling, there's a swiss roll cake out there for everyone. One of the most popular choices is a chocolate cake batter with a vanilla cream filling. All the basic cake batter takes is flour, eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt and baking powder.
24Water drop cake
Different from your conventional opaque cakes, water drop cakes are as unique as they are pretty. Unlike other cakes, these aren't made with egg, flours, butter or the like. Instead, they're made with agar and water, forming a jelly like substance. It's then served with sweet syrup and/or soybean flour.
A favourite at fairs or carnivals, you simply can't go to a carnival without also getting a funnel cake. Funnel cake is made from deep fried batter, giving it a crisp texture. A dusting of powdered sugar is the most common topping for this cake, although chocolate sauce and other toppings can also be added.
Here's one cake that's definitely sweet - crab cakes. But not to worry, they're still tasty. Crab cakes are made with crab meat, red pepper flakes, bread crumbs, scallions, eggs and various other seasonings. If your sweet tooth has been sated for a while, crab cakes are sure to satisfy your other food cravings.
If you're feeling a little fancy, why not try out a zebra cake? Zebra cakes are a blend of chocolate and vanilla cakes. Swirling a knife through the chocolate and vanilla batters used in this cake will effortlessly create the visually appealing stripe pattern in these cakes.
If you're looking for a low calorie treat in a sea of mostly delicious high calorie cakes, rice cakes can solve that problem for you. Some varieties are gluten free, plus they have part of your daily serving of fibre. Since they're pretty low in calorie count, you won't need to feel guilty about snacking on one or three of these.
One of the simpler cakes out there, pound cake is for people who don't like extra frills and decorations with their desserts. Made with just eggs, flour, sugar and butter, this cake doesn't take much time at all. Best of all, since it doesn't have frosting or any other high calorie extras, this cake won't put your calorie intake over the moon if you eat it in moderate amounts.
Technically still cake, just smaller. If you're not in the mood for a whole piece of cake, cupcakes are the answer. You can bake several different kinds of cupcakes in one batch - so you can taste test more flavors than you could with full cakes. Also a good choice of dessert for kids to prevent too many sugar rushes.
Coffee cake is perfect for someone who's craving both a pick me up and some dessert. It's perfect for the people who pull all nighters or for people working at night. It's even good for those of us who have creative bursts in the middle of the night and need a little something to motivate themselves to keep going. Typically, coffee cakes are sponge cakes that are flavored with coffee - even the icing can be flavored with coffee.
Don't worry - no frogs were hurt in the making of these cakes! They only look like frogs. They're made of sponge cake, fondant and cream and come in various colours, though green is obviously the most common. These cakes are probably popular with those of us who are kids at heart and like to get a little creative with our baking. They're also easy enough for anyone to make since the ingredients are minimal!
Moon cakes are cakes made from lard and sweetened red bean paste or lotus seed paste that are eaten during the Mid-Autumn festival. Typically, one wouldn't think of beans as a dessert, but these cakes are definitely enough to change someone's mind about that. These cakes would be perfect for someone with an open mind and an adventurous spirit.
Petit fours are tiny decorated cakes from France that are iced and covered in fondant. They come in various sizes, shapes and flavors. These cakes suit people who have great attention to detail and people who value the process of getting to a goal just as much or more than the end point. Or for those of us that just like to feel fancy.
Don't worry - these cakes aren't actually rocks. they just sort of look like one. They're made from flour, butter, eggs, sugar, dried fruit and spices. These take less eggs and sugar to make than most other cakes - so if you want to finish up the ingredients you have on hand and cut back on waste, these cakes are perfect for you.