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Different Types of Cakes to Make at Home

Cakes are one of the best desserts you could make with your family, and there is nothing more that would scream “celebration” than having a cake served for any special occasion. In addition, there are many different types of cakes to make at home, and below I have listed my favorite cakes to make, which hopefully you will try out too. 


Different Types of Cakes to Make at Home: 


  • Butter Cake

If a cake’s two main ingredients are butter and eggs, that’s most probably a butter cake.

Butter Cake is one of my favorite types of cakes to make when I want to bake something easy since it involves few ingredients but still tastes fantastic.


  • Pound Cake

One of the simplest and famous cakes is the Pound Cake. It is white and dense and traditionally plain, but can you can also make it flavored. This cake first came to be in England during the 1700s, literally named after a number of ingredients – a pound of butter, sugar, flour, and eggs.

Also, a pound cake is usually baked in a Bundt Pan or loaf form. This cake is perfect topped with whipped cream or fruit.  


  • Chiffon Cake

Also, one of my favorite types of cakes to make is the Chiffon Cake. It is light and airy, containing eggs, vegetable oil, flour, sugar, baking powder, and flavorings. In addition, it is easier to beat air into the batter because it is made with vegetable oil instead of solid fat like butter or shortening. You can top it with various kinds of icing and fruits, making it a versatile cake to bake to serve to your guests.


  • Angel Food Cake

The Angel Food Cake or Angel Cake is different from other cakes because it does not involve butter. It is a low-fat cake perfect for people who have a sweet tooth but do not want all of the calories and sugar that comes with it. It is a kind of sponge cake made with egg whites, flour, and sugar. The beaten egg whites give angel food cake its lift. 


  • Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake is a butter cake that is usually described as moist and dense. Also, Red Velvet cakes, named after their deep red to burgundy color, which has cocoa added to the batter to create that distinct red velvet flavor. One of the earliest written cookbooks to feature the red velvet cake was “The Joy of Cooking” by Irma S. Rombauer. In addition, there are different versions of who first made velvet cake, but the two most popular ones are from the Adams Extract Company and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.



  • Chocolate Cake

Decadent, moist, and delicious. These are just a few words to describe the beauty that is the Chocolate Cake. One of the go-to comfort foods out there, chocolate cake or chocolate gâteau, is a cake flavored with cocoa, cocoa powder, or melted chocolate. In addition, Chocolate Cake is best served with citrus fruits or a cup of coffee to contrast the sweet, decadent taste of chocolate.


  • Carrot Cake

Who could think that vegetables could make for a fantastic cake? Well, the carrot cake would just defy any of your preconceived notions about vegetables in a cake. The carrot cake is exactly famous because of the distinct taste the carrot adds. It is sweet and moist and usually spiced.  Carrot Cakes usually include raisins or nuts and popularly top with cream cheese frosting.


  • Flourless Cake

A cake for people on a gluten-free diet, a flourless chocolate cake (a popular type of flourless cake) The batter is a dense, sliceable dessert made from an aerated, egg-based custard. Due to the absence of flour in the recipe, the cake is fudge in texture, making it a decadent treat to enjoy after a filling dinner. 


  • Sponge Cake

The sponge cake is a light and airy cake made with sugar, flour, egg whites, and sometimes leavened with baking powder. Sponge cakes, leavened with beaten eggs, may have possibly originated during the Renaissance period in Spain. You can make it iced or frosted, dusted with sugar, or served plain, and you can even layer it.


  • Fruit Cake

Fruit cakes are usually served during holidays, and you can make a classic fruit cake by making it soaked with unsweetened dried fruit. It is best to serve it with a slice of cheese, preferably sharp cheddar or Brie. 


  • Banana Cake

From the name itself, banana cake’s primary ingredient is banana. Usually soft and moist, you can top with cream cheese icing. You can eat banana cakes with peanut butter, nuts, or even chocolate, making it a versatile dessert.



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A sweet and luscious dessert – cheesecake encompasses different types of cake textures ranging from light and airy to rich to creamy, depending on how you prepare it. A cheesecake usually involves various layers, the primary layer consisting of soft cheese, eggs, and sugar. In comparison, the bottom layer consists of crushed Graham or cookies.




  • Mousse Cake

A mousse can be either sweet or savory. Sweet mousses are usually made with whipped cream or whipped egg whites, maybe even both. You can flavor it with various selections, ranging from fruits and spices such as vanilla or mint, to even coffee, chocolate, or fruits. A mousse cake is light and airy because it incorporates air bubbles. 


  • Génoise Cake

Génoise cake or Genovese cake, named after Genoa, a city in Italy, is thus known for its slightly dry and elastic texture and is sometimes soaked in flavored syrups or liqueurs before being topped with buttercream frosting. 


  • Dump Cake

One of the easiest cakes to make, a dump cake, is similar to a cobbler. It involves dumping all the ingredients into a baking pan. Dump cakes can use a variety of fruits like strawberries, peaches, or cherries. Dump cakes are usually sweet and gooey and are best served hot or cold. 


  • Foam Cake

These light and airy cakes lend themselves to an infinite number of variations. Aside from the fat provided by eggs, foam cakes typically contain no fat or leavening. Keep in mind that the batter needs to go into the oven as soon as it’s ready to prevent the egg whites from deflating when baking foam cakes. You must also bake foam cakes in a tall pan due to the rise provided by the egg whites. Foam Cakes do not hold well with heavy frosting, so a light addition of whipped cream is enough. 



To conclude this, there are many different types of cakes to make at home, and I have listed my favorite types of cakes to make. All of these cakes are relatively easy to bake and do not require a lot of ingredients. In addition, these cakes will be perfect for baking alone or as a way to bond with your family that will be prepared for any special occasion. 


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