Onion cake, quiche, tarte - whether sweet or savory, cakes are good not only for birthdays
No matter how old you get, you are never too old for a nice birthday cake. Yes, just like one with candles on it, which fulfill a wish when you blow it out. But not only for your birthday you can treat yourself to one or the other piece of cake, the cake is also welcome at the afternoon coffee. Whether large or small, whether with cream - even a cake is just a creamy cake - whether as a morsel, from the tin, from the mould, whether sweet or savory. The choice is huge, and so is the appetite for cake, which hopefully not only comes to me right now.
Wonderful world of cakes
The question is, where to start, when there is an almost infinite choice of different cakes and also cake types? What connects cakes in general anyway?! Quite clearly: the dough. Every cake has in some way a cake base - or top or intermediate layer - made of a dough. This can be baked or crumbled. It is therefore safe to say that cake is made of flour, sugar, a binding agent (eggs for example) and fat. Some cakes are supplemented with a little liquid and a raising agent. But by and large, these four ingredients are sufficient.
After the question about the dough, you should also answer the question whether you want to bake a savory or a sweet cake.
Since the choice is not as immense with the savory varieties as with the sweet representatives, it is easier to name a few really good and well-known dishes here:
Originally from Alsace, this thin cake is one of the most famous representatives of our hearty squad. The flat cake consists of a thinly rolled out bread dough on which a sour cream together with bacon and onions is spread - into the oven: and that's it! Meanwhile you can find the most different variations of tarte flambée. From salmon and crème fraîche to onion rings and mashed potatoes. What makes the Tarte so special? In addition to all the hearty treats, you can also create a sweet version with apples, pears and cinnamon.
- Onion cake
The cake that lives up to its name. Apart from the dough, it consists mainly of steamed and caramelized onions, which are refined with bacon, sour cream, sweet cream or eggs, depending on taste. It is often found in an angular shape, but sometimes it is also baked round - but this is rather the exception.
This cake from the French kitchen is the last known representative of the hearty cakes. A quiche is baked from a hearty short pastry and is provided with a hearty filling. From spinach with feta cheese to bacon and onions, everything is included. There is even a tarte flambée quiche variation for those who don't feel like making a tarte flambée by themselves.
Enough of the hearty stuff - now let's have a look at some of the most famous cakes. It makes your mouth water...
- Sheet cake
As the name suggests, these cakes are baked in their most common form in a baking tray. These are often simple, quickly prepared fruit cakes made from yeast dough, such as the apple, rhubarb or plum cake. In addition, you can also find the egg pie, the bee sting, crumble cake, but also the Danube waves.
- Form cake
Unlike sheet cake, a cake tin does not try to keep the dough small, here the dough is the main ingredient of the cake. Well known examples are the Guglhupf, the marble cake, but also the pyramid cake. Also, muffins or chocolate cake, lemon cake or cake stollen want to seduce rather with a fine variation of dough and decoration, so that one tries to let the cakes rise here as well.
Finally, let's talk about the probably most calorie-rich cake representative: the cakes. The creamier, the more colorful, the bigger and the sweeter, the better is the motto here. From the Black Forest Cake to the Linzer cake, the Frankfurt Wreath and the artfully decorated shapes. The palate as well as the eye will definitely enjoy it.
And now to the coffee machine, put on coffee, get cake and enjoy!
PS: According to the season, a piece of pepper or honey cake would of course fit best.