Can You Identify These Cakes From an Image and a Hint?

By: Kennita Leon

Can You Identify These Cakes From an Image and a Hint?
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About This Quiz

If we have to take a look at history, there will probably be many civilizations who claim to have invented the best dessert known to mankind: cake. As humans have advanced, more cakes have been made, and that is something we can be thankful for. But you'll only really be a true cake expert if you know the names of the ones we've gathered for you today. If you can use their pictures and the hints we give you to identify the cake of interest, we'll be very impressed. 

So, this won't be like our usual quizzes -- they'll be more Jeopardy-esque. What this means is that there will be no questions. Instead, we'll just give you a clue or hint, and it'll be your job to match said hint with the cake it's describing. And because there are so many kinds of cakes, you'll have to be especially careful to choose the correct answer.

So, if you think you've seen, eaten or baked enough cakes to name all the ones we have in this quiz, let's get started. 

Cheesecake This cake has a graham cracker base. What is it called?
Apple pie
Bakewell pudding
Cheesecake
Cheesecake is a popular delicacy and dessert. It is a layered cake consisting of a base of crushed cookies or crackers and a top of thick cheese mixed with eggs, sugar and vanilla.
Eclair

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Red velvet cake The rich color of this cake results from artificial food coloring. Do you know what this is?
Red velvet cake
The red velvet cake was created in the United States. Beetroot was originally used to give the cake its rich color. Today, food coloring is used.
Banbury cake
Berliner
Cherry pie

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Carrot Cake This cake evolved from medieval carrot pudding, or so they say. Which of the following names does it go by?
Kringle
Macaron
Carrot cake
Carrot cake originated in the United Kingdom. Made with carrots, eggs, flour and sugar, carrot cake is believed to have evolved from Medieval carrot pudding.
Mooncake

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Angel food cake This is s a sponge cake that does not contain butter. What is it called?
Apple strudel
Angel food cake
Angel cake is a type of sponge cake that originated in the United States. Unlike other cakes, angel cake does not contain butter. It is made using egg whites, cream of tartar, flour and sugar.
Pecan pie
Pineapple cake

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Black forest cake This gateau was named after cherry liquor named 'Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser.' Can you name it?
Pretzel
Black forest cake
Black forest cake is a type of sponge cake made using chocolate. The cake is decorated with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and maraschino cherries.
Baklava
Samosa

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Shortcake The most well-known kind of this type of cake is the strawberry version. Which of the options do you think it is?
Bakewell pudding
Turnover
Palmier
Shortcake
Shortcakes are sweet, simple sponge cakes. They are made using flour, sugar and baking soda. Shortcakes are usually topped with whipped cream and fruits. The most popular shortcake is the strawberry shortcake.

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Lemon Cake Citrus fruit is the star of this treat. Can you tell us what this is?
Macaron
Berliner
Lemon cake
As the name suggests, lemon cake is flavored using lemon. A bit of zest and few drops of lemon juice are added to the batter. Buttermilk and vanilla are also used.
Apple pie

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Boston cream pie This delicacy was called the Parker House chocolate cream pie before its current name. What is it called now?
Cherry pie
Banbury cake
Boston cream pie
The Boston cream pie constitutes several ingredients. This American cake is made using layers of chocolate cake, sponge cake and custard/cream. To top it off, sugar, chocolate and cherries are used.
Eclair

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Souffle This is a very difficult cake to make and is usually baked in a ramekin. Can you guess what it is?
Kringle
Apple strudel
Souffle
Souffles are of French origin. These cakes are small and fluffy and are made using eggs and a variety of ingredients such as berries, chocolates, cheese and jams.
Mooncake

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Chocolate cake Cocoa is the primary ingredient in this simple yet delectable cake. Do you know its name?
Pineapple cake
Profiterole
Baklava
Chocolate cake
Chocolate cakes are one of the most popular cake types. They're made using cocoa powder and are often layered.

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Jelly roll This log-shaped cake has buttercream and fruits in the middle. What is it called?
Pecan pie
Bakewell pudding
Jelly roll
Jelly rolls were first made in France. They are essentially log-shaped rolls of sponge cakes filled with jam or fruits and covered in buttercream icing.
Eclair

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Marble Swirls are made in the batter to create the effect which gave this cake its name. Do you know which cake this is?
Berliner
Marble cake
The great marble cake was created by the Danish. It is made using two different batters such as chocolate and yellow batter. To create the marble look, the two batters are swirled together.
Palmier
Pretzel

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Charlotte This cake is usually surrounded by lady finger biscuits. Which of the following names does it go by?
Charlotte cake
Charlotte cakes are elegant cakes made by the French. These sponge cakes are made using bread and cookies and are adorned with ladyfingers. The cake is also filled with fruit purees or custard.
Macaron
Turnover
Apple strudel

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Gingerbread Unlike its biscuit version, this holiday cake is soft and spongy. What's its name?
Gingerbread
Gingerbread cake should not be confused with the biscuit of the same name. The cake is made using ginger, molasses and honey. It is a soft foam of loaf cake.
Baklava
Kringle
Apple pie

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Pound cake This is a plain cake named for the weight of some of its ingredients. Can you name it?
Cherry pie
Bakewell pudding
Pound cake
Pound cakes are often plain cakes. They are made using one pound each of butter, flour, sugar and eggs. Sometimes, pound cakes are flavored with fruits or extracts.
Eclair

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Brownies This kind of cake is usually cut into squares and can vary in density. Which of the options do you think it is?
Brownies
Brownies are flat squares of chocolate cake. They are baked using flour, eggs, sugar, butter and, of course, cocoa powder. Depending on their density, they may be cake or fudge-like.
Berliner
Mooncake
Banbury cake

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Sponge cake This aerated plain cake originated in the United Kingdom. Can you tell us what this is?
Profiterole
Sponge cake
The sponge cake originates in the United Kingdom. It is a base cake and is used for making several other cake types and is known for being light and well-aerated.
Apple strudel
Pineapple cake

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Molten Lava Cake Shaped like a volcano, this cake has a center of gooey chocolate. What is it called?
Samosa
Pecan pie
Pretzel
Molten lava cake
The molten lava cake is named after its resemblance to a spilling volcano. The cake is dome-shaped and made using cocoa powder. The center of the cake is filled with melted chocolate.

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Banana Bread This cake's most important ingredient is a yellow fruit that's rich in potassium. Can you guess what it is?
Macaron
Baklava
Cherry pie
Banana bread
As is suggested by the name, banana bread is made using ripe bananas. Nuts are also sometimes added.

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Madeleine These tiny cakes take the shape of a shell. Do you know its name?
Eclair
Apple pie
Bakewell pudding
Madeleine
The Madeleine is of French origin. It is a small, shell-shaped cake that is flavored using lemon, orange or almond.

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Chiffon This is a plain sponge cake that is often confused with angel food cake. What is it called?
Chiffon cake
The chiffon cake shares some similarities with the angel cake. It is a sponge cake made in the United States using vegetable oil. It is filled with meringue.
Apple strudel
Berliner
Palmier

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Bundt This cake was named after the type of pan used to bake it. Do you know what this is?
Kringle
Bundt cake
Bundt cakes are so named because they are baked using a bundt pan. This gives them a distinctive ring shape with a hole in the center.
Banbury cake
Mooncake

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Rum baba These tiny cakes look more like tarts and are soaked in rum. Which of the following names do they it go by?
Welsh cakes
Profiterole
Rum baba
Rum babas are from Italy. These tiny yeast cakes are filled with whipped cream and soaked in rum.
Turnover

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Opera cake This layered cake is usually decorated with a music sign, or has its name spelled on top. What's it called?
Pineapple cake
Cherry pie
Macaron
Opera cake
The opera cake is a layered sponge cake. The batter is flavored using almond and coffee. The cake also contains layers of ganache and coffee buttercream.

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Battenberg cake This cake has a checked pattern and is covered in marzipan. Can you name it?
Eclair
Battenberg cake
The Battenberg cake originates in the United Kingdom. It is often made using yellow and pink batter and is checkered on the inside.
Pretzel
Bakewell pudding

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Fruitcake A Christmas favorite, this cake has dried fruits and alcohol in its batter. Which of the options do you think it is?
Berliner
Fruitcake
Fruitcakes were first introduced in Italy. They are made using a plain batter infused with dried fruits and rum.
Apple strudel
Apple pie

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Pavlova A messy-looking cake, it is usually covered with meringue, with a bunch of berries or other fruits on top. Can you tell us what this is?
Palmier
Kringle
Baklava
Pavlova
The pavlova is from New Zealand. It is made using rings of meringue, fruit fillings and whipped cream.

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Butter cake It is made primarily from a certain dairy product, the kind that is usually spread on toast. What is it called?
Butter cake
A butter cake is made using mainly butter. The butter cake was derived from the English pound cake.
Banbury cake
Mooncake
Profiterole

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Kouign-Amann It is a Breton cake that lots of people mistake for a pastry. Can you guess what it is?
Turnover
Samosa
Kouign-Amann
The Kouign-Amann is of French origin. This cake is made using bread dough, sugar and butter. It appears layered because of the melted sugar and butter.
Pecan pie

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Panetonne This cake is basically a bread that looks like a cake. It is often filled with fruits, similar to a cake. Do you know its name?
Cherry pie
Bakewell pudding
Panettone
The panettone from Italy is a combination of a bread and a cake. It is baked in a circular based dish and is flavored with citron, lemon zest, raisins and candied oranges.
Eclair

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Upside down pineapple This kind of cake is placed bottom side up and is decorated and eaten that way. What is it called?
Berliner
Apple strudel
Pineapple upside down cake
Pineapple upside down cake is topped using pineapple rings and cherries. The toppings are placed at the bottom of the cake pan and the cake is flipped after baking.
Apple pie

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Coconut cake It uses the milk of a tropical fruit and is also topped with its shavings. Do you know what this is?
Pineapple cake
Kringle
Banbury cake
Coconut cake
Coconut cake is a white or yellow cake flavored using coconut milk. The cake is often topped with buttercream and coconut shavings.

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Tres leches This South American cake has three or more types of milk in it. Which of the following names does it go by?
Macaron
Baklava
Tres leches cake
The tres leches cake is from South America. This cake is made by soaking a sponge cake in a variety of liquid milk.
Palmier

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Tiramisu This layered Italian favorite contains coffee, marscapone and cocoa powder. What is it called?
Mooncake
Tiramisu
Tiramisu is a layered cake of espresso-soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese and custard. It is topped with cocoa powder.
Bakewell pudding
Pretzel

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Mille crepes cake This cake is layered with many, many pancake-like objects, although not nearly as many as its name suggests. Can you name it?
Mille crepes cake
A French delicacy, Mille crepes are made using twenty layers of French crepes and vanilla cream.
Berliner
Apple strudel
Profiterole

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Coffee cake This cake doesn't usually have the drink in its name; it's just paired with it. Which of the options do you think it is?
Cherry pie
Coffee cake
Not to be misled by the name, the coffee cake is not made using coffee. Instead, it is flavored using cinnamon, nuts and fruits. The cake is called coffee cake because it is often paired with coffee.
Banbury cake
Apple pie

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King's cake Also called galette des rois, this cake is often topped with a crown. Can you tell us what this is?
Pineapple cake
Kringle
Pecan pie
King's cake
The King's cake, or Galette des Rois, has its origin in France and Spain. The cake is prepared at the end of the Christmas season. It has a nut and fruit filling.

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Swiss roll Some people call it a yule log, while others say it's something totally different. What is it called?
Palmier
Mooncake
Macaron
Swiss roll
The Swiss roll originated in the United Kingdom, not Switzerland. It's a roll made of thin sponge cake filled with whipped cream, icing and jam.

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Christmas cake This festive cake is usually covered in white and decorated to match the occasion. Can you guess what it is?
Christmas cake
As suggested by the name, Christmas cakes are made during the Christmas season. These cakes contain a combination of dried fruits, chocolates and rum.
Bakewell pudding
Apple strudel
Eclair

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Ice cream cake This dessert is a two-in-one favorite that needs to be refrigerated. Do you know its name?
Berliner
Baklava
Ice cream cake
An ice cream cake is a layered cake of ice cream and sponge cake. The most common ice cream cake is made using three layers: one layer of ice cream sandwiched between two layers of cake.
Apple pie

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