Let them eat cake! While Marie Antoinette had an angry mob trailing her in the 1700s, yelling this out in a room full of cake lovers today will get you cheers and thank yous. This sweet delight surely takes the cake for being the crowd pleaser whether it be for a birthday party, an anniversary or just a treat for any day of the week.
But what usually comes to mind when you think of this dessert? A platter of chocolatey goodness with sparkly glaze flowing down the sides of a soft sponge cake base? Is it a slice of perfectly tiered graham cracker crust, silky cream cheese and blueberries? Perhaps an immaculate vanilla chiffon smothered with sweet buttermilk icing? Is your sweet tooth tingling yet? Well, you’re in for a surprise!
If you’re looking to up your dessert game, we just happen to have the newest trends in the realm of cake you might want to dig into.
Minimalism is a buzzword that’s here to stay. We’ve got minimalist houses, minimalist decor, minimalist clothes and now minimalist cakes! Originating from the land of Korean dramas and K-pop sensation BTS, minimalist cakes have taken over social media and we still can’t get our fill of it!
These cakes usually come with a pastel-colored icing and are decorated with a text on top or none at all. It foregoes the complex bling for a visual and tasteful treat that makes a statement for its simplicity. Want to show appreciation for a loved one? Send the message across with a minimalist cake.
There’s no end for our love of ube: we have ube jams, ube shakes, ube ice cream and we even have ube sinigang! It’s only expected for purple yam to be baked into a cake form. Cause, why not?
Ube cake is not new. The Filipinos have been enjoying this treat since forever and the rest of the world has finally caught up. Instagram feeds are being flooded with vibrant purple desserts from the standard decadent cakes to fusion pieces that will blow the socks off any cake lover. Who would say no to soft, fluffy ube chiffon coated with ube-flavored frosting.
Oh, Brits. Thank you for your enchanting accent and even more delightful drip cakes! As you can tell by the name, drip cakes are cakes with ganache dripping on the sides or at least the illusion of it. It’s a sight that will have your mouth water.
Drip cakes share similarities with minimalist cakes in that they’re simple-looking. You have your chiffon base covered with frosting. Usually, it’s vanilla icing or buttercream to bring attention to the drippings. Then you have colored ganache “flowing” from the sides seemingly defying gravity.
Don’t worry, this cake is totally safe for work! Naked cakes are also virtually in the same spectrum as minimalist cakes in that they have minimal to zero fondant or buttercream. But isn’t that just bread? You might ask. It’s charm lies in the workmanship — beauty is skin deep after all or in this case, it’s frosting deep.
You see the perfectly stacked layers of chiffon through a sheer fondant. It’s just as delightful as your regular cake as the frosting is packed in between the layers of chiffon, giving you a moist and certainly tasteful dessert.
Tin cakes are simply cakes in a can. These are different cake flavors that instead of being served in a box come in cans.
In the Philippines where people enjoy good old drama, there’s the chocolate dream cake. These are tin can cakes that are oozing with chocolate: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, powdered chocolate you name it! While this is no different from your regular cake, tin cakes are travel-friendly and are perfect for gifting.
Is it a cake? cake
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. We all have been fooled by this roll of tissue paper, that when sliced in half, turned out to be cake.
These cake-slicing videos have been making rounds on the internet and for good reason. They make us confused and hungry at the same time! From eggplants to smartphones to DHL boxes, these cakes are fashioned to resemble real life items.
On the inside, they’re just your good old yummy cake though — frosting, chiffon and all.
No matter the size, make and flavor, no one can resist a perfectly baked cake. Offer a slice of cake or the whole box (or tin can) to someone today and make them smile.
By Mia Carisse Barrientos | Senior Content Creator