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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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).