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Guide to Different Types of Cakes


JARS By Dani Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

There’s no better way to complete a meal or a celebration than with cake. No matter the reason, a birthday or a wedding, or the season, cake is the one confectionary constant that bakes our day. 

Cakes are made of flour, sugar, and imagination. Some of these confections are a piece of cake to master while others are more complex. But how can you figure out what type of cakes you like with so many cake choices? Let us explain in bite-size pieces all you knead to know about the different types of cake, including what is in each cake and how each is made.

Different Types of Cake

Life is batter with cake and these different types of cakes are love at first bite:

Bundt Cakes

One of the most beautiful cakes requires little to no decorating at all — just some icing or glaze will do. A Bundt Cake is a round, one layer cake with a hole in the middle.

What does a Bundt cake taste like?

Bundt cakes may have a funny sounding name but there’s nothing humorous about their taste. Bundt cakes are super tasty, sweet, and delicious. These dense single layer cakes are perfect with a cold glass of milk. 

It’s hard to determine the top three Bundt cake flavors, but some of our favorites include chocolate, red velvet, and lemon. No matter the flavor, Bundt cakes are drenched with glaze or icing.

Doan's Bakery White Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

Doan’s Bakery White Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

This Woodland Hills, California bakery’s most famous cake — thanks to its celebrity fan, Tom Cruise — is its White Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake. This super moist coconut Bundt cake has chunks of sweet coconut and is topped with cream cheese frosting and showered with toasted coconut flakes.

Read More: What is the Famous Tom Cruise Cake: Everything You Need to Know

We Take the Cake Oprah’s Favorite Key Lime Bundt Cake

If a cake is one of talk show queen Oprah Winfrey’s favorites, you know it’s going to be the best. Pucker up for We Take the Cake’s Key Lime Bundt Cake. It’s a burst of citrus with Key lime cake topped with luscious mixed-from-scratch Key lime cream cheese frosting shipping all the way from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Oprah's Favorite Key Lime Bundt Cake

Read More: What is a Bundt Cake: Everything to Know

Ice Cream Cakes

One of the coolest cakes — literally — is ice cream cake. We all scream for slabs of ice cream layered with crispy, crunchy cookie bits.

What is an ice cream cake?

An ice cream cake screams fun childhood memories, mostly at birthday parties. It’s a frozen cake made of layers of ice cream, but some more modern ice cream cakes contain layers of cake too.

The most common ice cream cakes are the store bought ones you probably remember eating as a kid. These iconic frozen treats are made with a layer of chocolate ice cream, a layer of crushed chocolate cookies, and a layer of vanilla ice cream. Then, the rectangular or circular cake is decorated with whipped topping that looks like frosting.

What is the crunchy stuff in an ice cream cake?

Ice cream cake wouldn’t be complete without a layer of crispy crunchies. The black crunchy stuff in an ice cream cake is hard, crispy chocolate cookies, like Oreo cookies, that have been crushed up. Sometimes, these delicious morsels are called chocolate crunchies.

Is there frosting on an ice cream cake?

Yes, of course! It wouldn’t be a cake without luscious frosting and ice cream cakes are no different. Ice cream cakes are topped with a whipped topping that looks like frosting. This delicious whipped topping is made with cream and sugar and tastes like vanilla.

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JARS by Dani Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

One of the berry best ice cream cakes is JARS by Dani’s Strawberry Ice Cream Cake. Scoop up layers of Dani Beckerman’s cool treat made fresh in New York City. This cool cake has vanilla ice cream, hot pink cake, strawberry filling, shortcake crumble, whipped cream, and loads of sprinkles.

Davey’s Ice Cream Vanilla + Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake

We’re crazy for cookies so Davey’s Ice Cream’s Vanilla + Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake hits the sweet spot. This two-layer cake has cookies & cream ice cream on the bottom, fudge cookie crunch in the middle, and vanilla ice cream on top. This mmmasterpiece from New York City is topped with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles.

Davey's Ice Cream Ice Cream Cake

Crepe Cake

Crepe cakes are cakes filled with a dozen or more paper-thin layers of crêpes. Crêpes are thin sweet or savory French pancakes. One bite and you’ll want a double stack!

What is a crepe cake made of?

Like their name suggests, crepe cakes are made of crepes! These cakes feature picture-perfect layers of crepes with cream in between each layer. When the cakes are sliced, you can see all the itty bitty layers. The cakes provide a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth mouthfeel that is light and airy.

What is the difference between crepe cake and regular cake?

There are so many differences between crepe cake and regular cake that it may seem like the only similarity in these desserts is the word “cake.” The ingredients are similar too. Both crepes and cake are made with butter, eggs, flour, milk, and sugar. Here’s how these popular treats differ:

  • Shape: Crepe cakes are round and regular cakes are round, square or rectangular.
  • Volume: Crepe cakes are delicate and airy while cakes are dense.
  • Layers: Crepe cakes have 20 to 30 ultra thin layers of crepes and cream while cakes have one to 12 layers.
  • Filling: Crepe cakes are filled with cream and cakes are filled with frosting, fruits, custards, or creams.
  • Taste: Crepe cakes are creamy and light while cakes are moist and rich.
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Lady M Confections Green Tea Mille Crêpes Cake

Lady M Confections in New York City makes intricate crêpes cakes with 20 teenie tiny layers of crêpes. Their Green Tea Mille Crêpes Cake is infused with green tea powder. Each layer has a super-thin layer of delicate pastry cream. The cake is topped with matcha, making everyone who wants this cake but doesn’t have it yet green with envy.

Lady M Confections Tiramisu Mille Crêpes Cake

Japanese-French bakery Lady M Confections leveled up its iconic mille crêpes cakes when they created the Tiramisu Mille Crêpes Cake. The Italian-inspired cake features their signature crêpes, espresso sponge cake, and crème pâte à bombe filling. It’s finished with whipped mascarpone and cocoa powder.

Lady M Confections Tiramisu Mille Crêpes Cake


As their name suggests, cupcakes are mini, round cakes. They are baked in paper-lined muffin tins and topped with frosting or icing.

What are the different types of cupcakes?

There are as many types of cupcakes as there are flavors in your imagination. Some of the most popular cupcake flavors are simple, like chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. Any flavor that could be used for a cake could be made into a cupcake. 

From colorful tie-dye cupcakes to crave-worthy peanut butter and chocolate to creative dulce de leche, there are cupcake flavors to please every person.

What is the most popular cupcake?

Like the timeless debate over vanilla or chocolate ice cream, the most popular cupcake is subjective. It really depends on whom you ask. Chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet are the classic flavors you’ll likely see at any bakeshop or grocery store, but we have hundreds of flavors on Goldbelly, ranging from cookies & cream to mojito to toffee crunch.


Georgetown Cupcake Best Seller Cupcakes

Over the years, you’ve likely caught an episode or two of the TLC show DC Cupcakes, which chronicles the cupcake making duo of Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne. The sisters own Georgetown Cupcake in Washington, D.C. 
They are shipping their Best Seller Cupcakes straight to you, so you can try their most popular flavors like Coconut, Cookies & Creme, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Red Velvet.

Misha’s Cupcakes Mini Cupcakes

Misha Kuryla may be baking mini cupcakes but each packs a maximum amount of flavor. These mini cupcakes are one of Miami’s most sought-after treats and a dream crumb true.

Misha's Cupcakes


Cheesecakes are baked or unbaked refrigerated cakes made with soft fresh cheese, eggs, and sugar. Whether you prefer classic New York Cheesecake, bouncy Japanese Cheesecake, or caramelized Burnt Basque Cheesecake, we have the perfect slice for you.

What is the most popular cheesecake?

Yes, you guessed it. New York-style cheesecake is the most popular cheesecake. This dense, plain cheesecake is usually the default cheesecake served at diners, restaurants, and coffee shops. Served plain or with toppings like strawberries, whipped cream or chocolate, New York cheesecake is a classic choice.

What is the difference between New York-style cheesecake and regular cheesecake?

There are a few differences between New York style cheese and regular cheesecake, including ingredients and texture. Both are made with cream, cream cheese, eggs, sugar and vanilla, but New York cheesecake is made with a larger portion of cream cheese while regular cheesecake has more cream.

New York cheesecake is rich and dense and regular cheesecake is creamier. No matter which style you prefer, both are dreamy desserts that we can’t get enough of.

Junior's Original Cheesecake

Junior’s Cheesecake Junior’s Original Cheesecake

One of New York City’s most iconic desserts is New York-style cheesecake. Junior’s in Brooklyn has been making one of the most legendary cheesecakes since 1950. Junior’s Cheesecake Original Cheesecake is handmade with cream cheese, heavy cream, eggs, and vanilla. It also features a signature sponge cake base.

The Nuns of New Skete Summer Sampler Cheesecake

In between daily prayers, The Nuns of New Skete in Cambridge, New York, make a heavenly cheesecake. Summer is the perfect time to try their cheesecakes made at their monastery in upstate New York. The Summer Sampler Cheesecake has a quartet of flavors: Deluxe, Key Lime, Orange Cream, and Raspberry Ripple that are simply divine.

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The Nuns of New Skete Summer Sampler Cheesecake

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King Cake

King Cakes are synonymous with Mardi Gras and New Orleans. King Cakes are a hand braided sweet brioche bread filled with cinnamon sugar and frosted in purple, green, and yellow icing. A small, plastic baby is placed inside the cake.

What is a king cake and why is it eaten?

The king cake is a round, braided, brioche sweet bread filled with cinnamon sugar. It’s decorated with sweet frosting and gold, green, and purple sugar. The cake is typically eaten on Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, in early January and during Mardi Gras season. 

This holiday cake is decorated with Mardi Gras colors: purple (symbolizing justice), green (for faith), and gold (for power). Tucked inside the cake is a small baby (called the fève), representing the Baby Jesus.

What does it mean if you get the baby in a king cake?

If you’re lucky, you’ll get the slice that has a hidden plastic baby. It represents the Baby Jesus, and the lucky recipient is said to get good luck.

What does king cake taste like?

King cake tastes like a really good danish or kringle (Scandinavian pastry). This sweet bread is topped with creamy glaze or icing. Whether you eat it at the start of your day, as a teatime treat, or for dessert, king cake is delicious anytime no matter the reason or season.

Maurice Traditional King Cakes

Maurice French Pastries New Orleans King Cake with Filling

Chef Jean-Luc Albin makes his famous cinnamon-infused King Cake in a variety of fillings like Bavarian cream, chocolate pecan, praline cream cheese, and traditional cinnamon. Each slice of New Orleans King Cake with Filling is fit for a king. They are glazed with gold, green, and purple icing. 

Each Maurice French Pastries cake comes from Metairie, Louisiana, and is accompanied by beaded necklaces and doubloons, so you can host your own Mardi Gras party at home.

Dong Phuong Bakery Cream Cheese King Cake

Since 1982, the family-run Dong Phuong Bakery in New Orleans has been making Vietnamese baked goods like French bread and award-winning brioche. Their Cream Cheese King Cake is lighter and flakier than most and features an irresistible cinnamon core and cream cheese frosting.

Dong Phuong Almond Creme King Cake

Read More: What is a King Cake, and Who Makes it Best?

Brooklyn Blackout Cake

The iconic Brooklyn Blackout Cake is a super chocolate-y cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and decorated with chocolate cake crumbs.

What is the story behind Brooklyn blackout cake?

The pitch black colored Brooklyn Blackout Cake was invented during World War II to acknowledge the crummy mandatory power blackouts that were necessary to support what was once the world’s busiest shipyard, the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

What is blackout cake made of?

Brooklyn blackout cake is chocolate on chocolate on chocolate! A chocoholic’s dream, blackout cake is layers of dense, rich chocolate cake frosted with luscious chocolate buttercream frosting. The cake is often sprinkled with chocolate cake crumbs.

Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Brooklyn Blackout Company Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Brooklyn Blackout Company makes the borough’s most famous cake near its original birthplace in Brooklyn. Brooklyn Blackout Company’s Brooklyn Blackout Cake is a moist chocolate cake that is generously frosted with rich buttercream icing. It is pure flour power.

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Ovenly Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Brooklyn’s Ovenly is a women-led bakery that has been making savory and sweet baked goods since 2010. Ovenly’s Brooklyn Blackout Cake is a dense chocolate cake made with dark chocolate and Brooklyn Brewery chocolate stout. The midnight black cake is topped with salted dark chocolate pudding buttercream.

Ovenly Brooklyn Blackout Cake


The cake, the myth, the legend…there’s only one PieCaken. Zac Young’s layered cake-pie creation is a trio of desserts stacked into one tall tower of pie and cake enrobed in frosting. It has inspired other bakers to create sliceable multi-dessert creations.

What is a PieCaken?

PieCaken is something that needs to be seen and tasted. It’s a unique creation that is perfect for the indecisive as it’s three desserts in one. The original PieCaken flavor was created for Thanksgiving. 

The Original PieCaken features holiday-inspired desserts: pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and spice pie topped with cinnamon buttercream frosting and apple pie filling.

Read More: What is PieCaken and Where to Buy it?

Who invented PieCaken?

Zac Young invented the PieCaken. The New York pastry chef was inspired by turducken, the triple-meat classic of chicken-inside-a-duck-inside-a-turkey. What was meant to be a limited time holiday offering turned into an overnight Instagram sensation and a dessert that is enjoyed holiday after holiday.

PieCaken Bakeshop Original PieCaken

PieCaken Bakeshop Original PieCaken

PieCaken was originally the dessert answer to turducken, a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. It turned into a nationwide phenomenon and so PieCaken Bakeshop in New York City was born. 
The Original PieCaken is a pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and spice pie layered with cinnamon buttercream and topped with apple pie filling that you won’t ever forget.

Misha’s Cupcakes Spank Me Cake

Miami’s Misha’s Cupcakes may be known for their cute cupcakes, but they also make an outrageous, candy-coated cake. 
The Spank Me Cake boasts layers of chocolate cake with buttercream and chocolate chips and Reese’s cake with Reese’s buttercream sandwiched together with dulce de leche. The cake is capped off with Nutter Butter cookies, Reese’s pieces, Reese’s mini peanut butter cups, and chocolate curls.

Misha's Cupcakes Spank Me Cake

Let them eat cake — all kinds of cake. It’s a piece of cake getting all different types of cake shipped straight to your door nationwide on Goldbelly!

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