Whether it calls for a celebration or no occasions at all, cakes are an absolute delight for everyone. If we say, goodness exists in this world, and then surely it exists in the form of a piece of cake. Cakes are one of the popular dessert types which are used across various festivities or occasions. Be it of whatever flavour or type, cakes are traditionally treated to be the food of celebration and tend to make the occasion, even more, joyous or happy!
But, how much do we even care to know about its types, right? So, let’s together dig in the world of baking to explore more of its kind.
Butter Cakes or Shortened Cakes –
As the name suggests, this very particular kind of cake has a high ratio of solid fat, normally butter or oil. Having a moist yet very soft appeal, this type of delicacy usually has a delicate texture. This type of cake has got the other few subtypes, which also seem to be equally popular as its main type. American Style butter cake is truly one of its kind. This type of cake can take the weight of several icings and are termed to be as a perfect base for fondant cake. Carrot cake, banana cake and some type of velvet cakes which are popularly savoured as a heart shape cake are a popular type of shortened cake.
Resembling a loaf of bread, this type of cake has its roots traced back in England. Derived from “quatre quarts” which would mean “the four quarters” in French, this cake emphasizes on the usage of its 4 main ingredients namely flour, butter, sugar and eggs in equal proportions. The use of egg makes the cake denser but not as much as the American Style butter cake. Bakers simply prefer to top this cake with a thin layer of sugar glaze rather than a thick frosting, because of its richness.
Light and fluffy, the foam cakes get its raise from eggs. While using egg whites, this type of cake is considered no less than any other heavenly dessert item in terms of it being the lightest, airiest and lowest-fat cakes. Though, having a great rise, this type of cake is not suitable for heavy frosting.
When this type of cake is made with egg whites and yolk, a sponge cake which is usually richer but quite light in weight is made. This sponge cake is very porous which makes it ideal for trifle preparation.
Other than these flour-based cakes, cheesecakes are also considered to be very popular, these days. Just like the foam cakes, this type of cake even gets its lift from eggs. Cheesecakes are found somewhat similar to baked custard which can be topped up with a layer of the creamy, buttery biscuit base along with some fruits.
So, while mastering the art of baking, make sure you have mastered it all! Cheers to your baking days!