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CNN Crowns Two Southeast Asian Desserts as the World's Most Delicious National Cakes
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CNN Crowns Two Southeast Asian Desserts as the World's Most Delicious National Cakes

CNN published the list of “Cakes of the World”, the world’s best and most delicious national cake. Cakes are sweet, mouthwatering, and warming for any occasion. I myself is guilty of skipping my diet for a slice or two, especially now I have learned to bake my own batch!

The list spanned from all over the globe, and two most favourite (and my own!) traditional cakes from Southeast Asia made it to the list! Here is the complete list:

Italy: Tiramisu

Meaning "pick me up" in Italian, with caffeinated cake  or ladyfingers with mascarpone cheese with eggs and sugar. 

Tiramisu. Image: CNN
Tiramisu. Image: CNN

Germany: Black Forest Cake

The traditional recipe calls for half a cup of kirschwasser--cherry brandy to the cherry filling. It is like a dessert cocktail for the grown-ups.

Black forest cake. Image: Germanculture.com.ua
Black forest cake. Image: Germanculture.com.ua

United States: Cheesecake

Gaining popularity in New York, it is sweetened cream cheese with a crushed biscuit base.

Cheesecake. Image: CNN
Cheesecake. Image: CNN

Malaysia/Singapore: Pandan Cake

Green-coloured juice from pandan leaves, giving woodsy fragrance and taste to a chiffon cake. The green cakes are particularly loved in Malaysia and Singapore, and also often found in Indonesia.

Pandan Cake. Image: CNN
Pandan Cake. Image: CNN

Indonesia: Lapis Legit

It is a delicious masterpiece for its long and complicated process to create this cake. It usually consists of 18 very thin layers, made of heart attack-inducing levels of butter and eggs. It is sweet, moist, and firm served as a holiday treat or gift.

Lapis Legit. Image: Indonesia.travel
Lapis Legit. Image: Indonesia.travel

France: Madeleine

This french delicacy is shaped like a small scallop best served with tea.

Madeleines. Image: CNN
Madeleines. Image: CNN

Australia: Lamington

It is a plain sponge caked coated with chocolate and coconut sprinkle.

Lamington. Image: Taste.com.au
Lamington. Image: Taste.com.au

New Zealand: Pavlova

Named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (according to the Oxford English Dictionary), it is a meringue treat served with whipped cream and fresh and tangy summer fruits.

Pavlova. Image: New Zealand
Pavlova. Image: New Zealand

Hong Kong: Ma Lai Go

It is a steamed sponge cake, part of dishes in dim sum meal. It is chewy with a satisfying caramel flavour.

Ma Lai Go. Image: CNN
Ma Lai Go. Image: CNN

Mexico: Tres Leches Cake

It is a sponge cake soaked in three different kinds of milk: condensed, evaporated, and regular milk, and topped with whipped cream. 

Tres Leches. Image: CNN
Tres Leches. Image: CNN

Uruguay: Postre Chaja

It is layers of soft cake, cream, and peach encased in a meringue shell.

Postre Chaja. Image: CNN
Postre Chaja. Image: CNN

United Kingdom: Victoria Sponge

It is considered the easiest cake with no room for error. A slice of home made Victoria sponge with raspberry jam and double cream will always bright up your teatime. 

Victoria Sponge. Image: BBC Good Food
Victoria Sponge. Image: BBC Good Food

Turkey: Baklava

Layers of filo pastry filled with semolina cream and pistachio nuts. It is the first Turkish product to be recognised by European Union in 2013. 

Baklava. Image: CNN
Baklava. Image: CNN

Sweden: Swedish Princess Cake

A sheet of green marzipan covers the sponge cake with jam, custard, and cream. A beautiful, blissful, dessert cake best served with coffee.

Swedish Princes Cake. Image: CNN
Swedish Princes Cake. Image: CNN

 

Japan: Dorayaki

Asian young and olds remember this disc-shaped cake as the favorite snack of anime character Doraemon. It is a sponge pancake patty with sweet adzuki red bean paste. 

Dorayaki. Image: CNN
Dorayaki. Image: CNN
 

Denmark/Norway: Kransekage

It's composed of stacks of different-sized ring cakes made from egg whites, sugar and almonds, with the smallest ring on top.

Kansekage. Image: CNN
Kansekage. Image: CNN



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