Poor Marie Antoinette — history and her critics erroneously scorned her for admonishing poor starving Parisians to eat cake when bread was unavailable, but we understand the sentiment. Few things are as much fun to look at, or eat, as cake. Baked in molds, layered with dough, filled, glazed, frosted, and decorated — no matter what form they take, people around the world love to celebrate or mark a special occasion with a special cake. In Hungary, the delicious-looking Dobosh torte is layered sponge cake with chocolate buttercream. In France, the far Breton is a pudding-like cake, and the moon cake in China is made with four eggs as part of the recipe to symbolize the four lunar cycles. From China to Sicily, Jamaica to Morocco, there are sweet treats for every palate. Here are 10 delicious variations from around the world that you should try next time you’re craving something for your sweet tooth.
This elaborate cake is made with sponge cake that is filled with sweetened sheep’s milk ricotta cheese dotted with zuccata, chocolate, and almonds, topped with pastel-colored marzipan, and decorated with pastel frosting and brightly colored candied cherries, lemon, lime, and orange slices.
In China, a full moon is a time to celebrate family togetherness and of course, eat tasty food. Each year, during the eighth lunar month, when the moon is at its fullest, the 1,400 year-old Mid-Autumn Festival is held. People enjoy giving and receiving the most celebrated food tied to this holiday: moon cake.
Made with 10 layers of flaky pastry filled with dulce de leche or manjar, frosted with more manjar, and then topped with a coating of chopped walnuts, preparing this cake is not for the faint of heart. But the taste is worth the effort, especially when paired with a strong Chilean espresso.