Finally we end with another edition of our April Mega Marathon. This years theme was Baking. The theme had two challenges. One we had to choose only two bakes from a country, and two we had to go alphabetically.
We have done similar Mega Marathons , you could check them here.
These marathons are always challenging and I love to give myself an extra challenge. This time I decided bake all Cakes. Among baked goodies cakes are my favorite, I enjoyed baking these cakes from different countries. The basic ingredients are the same for all cakes, it is the butter , oil, eggs and the flavour ing that makes the difference. I tried to pick traditional cakes and realized that most of these are with nuts and fruits. Of course some cakes are frosted too. Most of the recipes I picked were with eggs, so I have used substitutes to replace the eggs.
Cakes are often served as a dish to mark some kind of celebration,specially for Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays. We have some special cakes served for Festivals too.
While writing this post I am reminded of the times when cakes were not so much in fashion. I was newly married and it was my sis in laws birthday. Since we did not have an oven I never thought of baking a cake. Those days stores did not stock egg free cakes too.My mother in law made a Ricę cake. No , no it was not baked , it was a Ricę Biryani which was tightly packed in a round box. Some kind of veggies were used to decorate , with touches of edible color. I was not around to see it, so I was surprised to see this Ricę cake and found it so amusing. At the same time I was so touched, what a lovely thought to make a cake, how very innovative. Some how I have never thought of posting it, but now I shall.
Anyway coming back to our cakes, here is a recap of all 26 cakes that I prepared, though after seeing all the wonderful bakes by my friends I could just say wow..I wish I had divided my theme into two..but never mind . Now I have so many bookmarks. Thanks Valli for the lovely event. Thank you friends for appreciating all these cakes.And now….. Looking forward to our September Mega BM.
This is a moist cake from Albania and the Lemon Glaze is the highlight of the cake.
Bara Brith is a cake from Wales , it is also called Black Cake in Argentina.
Tea Cakes infused with Earl Grey Tea
Originating from Rome, going up to Germany , France, Australia this cake is very popular and traditionally served during Christmas.
Genoise Cake is a Italian sponge cake, which is used as a base for many cakes.
Honey Cakes are popular in many countries, but this one is from India, from the South Indian Bakeries.
A popular cake from US and Australia, this is a double treat, for cake and ice cream lovers.
Jaffa Cakes are three layered cakes which are very popular in UK.
Small cake cubes dipped in chocolate frosting and rolled in coconut, these are a specialty of Australia.
Neapolitan cake is a Australian cake with three layers, three colors each complimenting the other.
Orange and Almond Cake comes from València , a city in Spain. The city is famous for it’s oranges.
Panforte Di Siena is an Italian confection that is a cross between fruitcake, candy, and honey cakes called Lebkuchen.
Queen Elizabeth Cake is a special cake from Great Britain which was prepared on the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Sacher Torte is a cake from Vienna which has a combination of two layers of soft and light chocolate cake separated by apricot jam and coated with a chocolate glaze.
Tres leches is a soft moist cake where three different kinds of milk are used, It is a delicious cake from Mexico.
A delicious cake with Pineapples, cherries and the twist..Oreos.
Viennese Coffee Cake is a super soft, buttery cake with pecans and brown sugar filling and topping.
A popular cake from Switzerland , with whole wheat flour and walnuts .
Yazdi Cakes are from the city of Yazdi in Iran. These Persian Cakes are mildly flavored with rose water and cardamom.
Zebra Cake is a delicacy of Africa, though it is very popular in US, a cake which will remind you of a Zebra due to it’s stripes.