Russian Traditional Cakes

Traditional Russian cakes are homely and satisfying. When you’ve been out on a cold day, what better to come home to than a scrumptious apple cake? Or, on a more celebratory note, the sugar-coated nutty balls known as Russian tea cakes are very simple to make and moreish to eat. …

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Middle Eastern Traditional Cakes

The Middle East covers a wide spectrum of countries and cultures but in the space we have here we just want to give you a general feel for the baking of the region and, hopefully, it’ll encourage you to explore the different traditions in greater depth. (Claudia Roden is the …

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Italian Traditional Cakes

Italy has many sweet speciality pastries and cakes some of which are very intricate and could take up a page on their own! The ones we’ve chosen to focus on are simpler but no less Italian. We’ve recipes for rum babas, drenched in sweet syrup, a delicious hazelnut cake and …

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French Traditional Cakes

Picture a typical French patisserie, its window displaying row after row of dainty perfectly-formed cakes of all imaginings, the skill of the pâtissier evident in every delicate chocolate swirl. The pâtissier’s art is one that takes years of practice to perfect. That’s why so many French housewives choose to buy …

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Jewish Traditional Cakes

One of the major celebrations in the Jewish calendar is that of Rosh Hashanah, the New Year. It was the traditional for Jews, as an illustration of their wish for a sweet year ahead, to eat apples dipped in honey. Two cakes have grown out of that tradition: apple cake, …

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Honeycomb Cake: A Malaysian Speciality

Honeycomb Cake is a classic treat, very popular in Malaysia where it is known as Kuih Sarang Semut and Indonesia where it is called Bolu Sarang Semut and sometimes contains palm alcohol to add even more richness! The cake has a distinctive and unusual texture, it’s important not to expect …

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American Classic Cakes

American bakers have developed their own canon of home-style cakes. From red velvet cake to bundt and coffee cake, the American classic is typically decadent. Haven’t you tried one yet? American favourites Fittingly, for a culture that’s comprised of people with global origins, American classic cakes come from all over …

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