5 Types of Cakes to Try in India

Although India can’t boast a refined baking tradition, it doesn’t mean you’ll be left without a dessert 🙂 Although the majority of local sweets are either fried or prepared by evaporating sweetened milk, it’s also possible to find some really delicious cakes. It wasn’t always like this though. When I first came to India almost 11 years ago, the majority of cakes in local shops left much to be desired. Or perhaps I wasn’t a very savvy shopper at that time. In any case, it was a good motivation to improve my own baking skills, and I used to spoil my family with quite a lot of yummy homemade things. The Napoleon cake, apple pie, banana bread, and chocolate brownies just to name a few.

Banana bread

Banana bread

The Napoleon cake

The Napoleon cake

Apple pie

Apple pie

Chocolate brownies

Chocolate brownies

However, over the years things have massively improved, and now both major Indian brands and smaller local bakeries offer a good variety of decent cakes to their clientele. Although people in India do prefer traditional sweets above all other kinds of desserts, no birthday celebration goes without a cake. To meet the increased demand, companies keep improving quality to meet customer requirements. Now I can easily buy a baked dessert of my choice with an excellent texture, flavor, and aftertaste. So here are a few types of cakes you can go for in India to satisfy your sweet tooth 🙂

Butter Cake

Chocolate, marble, yellow or white butter cake with a soft and velvety texture makes a perfect tea or party dessert, and its flavor is truly irresistible. Easy preparation methods and affordable ingredients ensure very reasonable rates, and you can quickly buy this simple yet extremely delicious cake in case of unexpected guests at the door 🙂

Pound Cake

A close relative of the butter cake, the pound cake got its name from the way it was made. Originally, the key ingredients to make this cake included one pound of butter, one pound of sugar, one pound of flour and one pound of eggs. These days the proportions may vary, but generally speaking, the ingredients make such a winning combination that the cake hardly needs an additional flavoring. The pound cake is served plain or with a thin layer of icing on top.

Sponge Cake

With its soft and tender texture, this mouthwatering cake is loved by those with a sweet tooth of all ages. No baking soda is used in the making of this cake, and its spongy feel is achieved by whipping eggs or egg whites. The sponge cakes are light, delicious and versatile – they’re often decorated with fruits, chocolate chips, coconut flakes and what not.

Red Velvet Cake

This is one of the absolute bestsellers where the cakes in India are concerned. The striking red color and unique combination of flavors make this make extremely popular among the locals and tourists alike. The authentic Red Velvet cakes boast an excellent mix of buttermilk and pure cocoa. One way to purchase the Red Velvet dessert is to go for online cake delivery in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, or search for a similar option in other cities.

Angel Food Cake

This particular type of cake is made with eggs whites alone, no yolks. The sugar is used here as a whipping agent to create a snowy white texture that goes perfectly with seasonal fruits of one’s choice.

These are some of the cakes you can easily find in the local bakeries and sweets shops in India. If you come to the country just for a couple of weeks, I would suggest ditching the cakes and indulging in traditional Indian sweets instead. It’s the whole universe of its own, take my word for it. But if you’re an expat or a long-term traveler, most probably you’ll crave for a slice of a yummy cake to go along with a cup of coffee. In that case, feel free to explore the above options 😉


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