Around The World in 10 Slices of Cake

Okay, so studying abroad isn’t easy. When your buddies talk about going home for the weekend and the only thing you can go home to is a truck load of responsibility, it is tempting to curl into a ball and cry over sinful portions of European chocolate. That’s fine. But once you have finished the chocolate, you are going to need to get up and face the world again. Or, if you are me, you will get up and start thinking about cake.

I’m more of a pie person myself, but I’m not afraid to admit that sometimes you just need to eat cake.

*insert Marie Antoinette quote of questionable validity*

Here are 10 cakes (w/ RECIPES!) that I hope to taste around the world.

  1. Medovnik – Russian Honey Cake


Okay, so I’ve tasted and can testify that this is one of the most delicious things you will ever experience. Layer after layer of buttery graham crackeresque layers off set by a sweet honey infused frosting.

Make it Now.

2. Tres Leches – Nicaraguan Three Milk Cake


You may or may not notice a theme throughout these cakes. Basically, each one uses every dairy product imaginable multiple times. Because you know, there is nothing as depressing as dry cake.  This is one of my ultimate favourites, but be very careful when preparing or buying it. At its worst it is nothing more than soggy cake, but at its best it is fluffy white heaven with an extra dose of whipped cream.

Make it Now. 

3. Torta Caprese Bianca – Italian Grainless Lemon Cake


Yeah, at this point I’m pretty sure I should just stop talking and let the cakes speak for themselves. Mamma mia. 

Make it now. 

4. Galatopita – Greek Baked Semolina Pudding


Just go ahead and make it now. 

5. Apple Sharlotka – Jewish Apple Cake


Ahem, this recipe comes from smitten kitchen, my favourite food blog in the history of food blogs. Every single recipe I’ve ever made by her is golden, including this one. You are welcome for the introduction. Brace yourself for a culinary life that is 10x more fantastic than ever before.

6. Pavlova – Australian/New Zealand Meringue


Funny story, this cake was created and brought to fame in Australia or New Zealand, but it is named after a Russian dancer who came to visit in the 1920s. Funnier fact, despite the good intentions in naming the dessert after the famous ballerina, the pronunciation is actually wrong, so it ended up not being named after her after all.

And since it is egg white based, it is hardly even a splurge! Right?

Go for it! 

7. Mochi Cake – Hawaiian Rice Flour Cake


Okay, so if you’ve read my blog for a while you will now that this cake holds a very special place in my heart. In fact, If I have to die young I am determined to die a death by mochi cake, because I really can’t imagine a sweeter way to go. You think I’m kidding? Actually, I wrote a whole blog post on that topic.

8. Black Forest Cake – German Chocolate and Cherry Cake


Layer upon layer of chocolate cake deliciousness with whipped cream and cherry filling stuffed between… could you possibly be more indulgent? Oh yeah, douse it with liqeur if you are feeling naughty.

Just do it. 

9. Revani -Turkish Semolina Cake


Another great gluten free option. Who knew that cake around the world is so often devoid of flour?

Anyhow, this cake is made of semolina flour and spruced up with a touch of lemon and a hearty infiltration of sweet syrup.

Make it now. 

10. Tippaleipa – Finnish Funnel Cake


Okay, so I’m from the South and must somehow sneak in a funnel cake. What about if I inserted the Finnish version instead of the North Carolina version just to seem a bit more, you know, cultured?

Oh maaaan. Why do I always reveal my own lil secrets?

Be impressive. Make it the Finnish way. 

What cake do you turn to when you just. need. cake? Also, please by patient with my lack of proper blogging these days. Once I figure out what I am doing with my life and how to survive in another country, I promise I’ll be blogging about it (and boy do I have stories to share). 

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

27 thoughts on “Around The World in 10 Slices of Cake”

  1. Oh gosh, I NEED #3. Wow. Also, #1 is so beautiful. Gah, and the sheer command of #8. And I’d better stop myself here or I’ll end up singing the praises of all of them.
    I have special place in my heart for cake 🙂 I love how they can be dressed up for occasions, or just be stunning on their own to spice up a regular day. I normally turn to chocolate or busy day, but an Italian Crème Cake has been on my to-do list.. And now, all of these as well. 😀


  2. Oh wow, I’m very hungry now. Specifically for cake. These all look so good! Black forest is one of my favorites, but I’ve never made it before — it looks a bit complicated (pfft. What a pitiful excuse). I’ll have to check out Smitten Kitchen!


    1. YES. I only made a black velvet once, it wasn’t too bad. JUST GO FOR IT. The worst thing that could happen is that you’ll make a chocolately cherry filled decadent mess…and who ever complained about that?


  3. yeah, 3 & 4, let’s make em. honestly, red velvet is always my favorite. as well as just some good chocolate cake. i suppose i’m not as fancy & cultured as you… is there any fancy name for red velvet & chocolate? (pretty sure those are gonna be our wedding cake flavors… could we call it italian chocolate & welsh red velvet? 😉


  4. You’re making me hungry!!! I must make ALL of these… Okay, so I haven’t commented in forever, and I just want to say, I wish you the best of luck with your study abroad and I hope you discover all kinds of amazing foods while you’re there (and share the recipes with us). (-:


  5. I’m usually a pie person myself, but reading this post has me craving all of these beautiful cakes! I especially want to try Torta Caprese Bianca (I love lemon anything), the Pavlova, and the Mochi cake.


  6. Hey, just so you know, the Tres Leches was originated in South America. Many think that it was created in Nicaragua, but it is a very famous dessert in Venezuela as well. They can be confused as Mexico (located in the upper part of Central America) because of their Spanidh-speaking population. However their gastronomical cultures are whidely different.

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    1. Thank you so much for your insight. After doing a little research, I will change the article to recognize Nicaragua as the most likely origin. However, Tres Leches cake has been popularized across South and Central America now and is widely available in Mexico (perhaps that is where the confusion comes from). Thanks for the heads up!


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