Different Types of Cakes Explained

 FROM EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ALL KINDS OF CAKE, INCLUDING LAYER CAKE, BUNDT CAKE & CUPCAKES

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JARS By Dani Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

We can’t think of a 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 what are all the types of cakes you can make or buy? Let us explain in bite-size pieces all you knead to know about the different types of cake.

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. Bundt Cakes are round, ringed cakes that are named after the fluted, cast aluminum non-stick pan they are baked in.

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

Doan's Bakery White Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

Doan’s Bakery White Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

This 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

Oprah's Favorite Key Lime Bundt Cake

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 Key lime cake topped with luscious mixed-from-scratch Key lime cream cheese frosting.

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.

JARS by Dani Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake

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. This cool cake has vanilla ice cream, hot pink cake, strawberry filling, shortcake crumble, whipped cream, and loads of sprinkles.

Davey's Ice Cream Ice Cream Cake

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

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

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!

Lady M Confections Green Tea Mille Crêpes Cake

Lady M Confections Green Tea Mille Crêpes Cake

Lady M Confections 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

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.

Cupcakes

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

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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. 

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
  • Red Velvet
Misha's Cupcakes

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. 

Mischa’s Mini Cupcakes – Choose Your Own 2 Dozen includes cupcake collections like:

  • Kids Pack: Funfetti, Dirt Cup, S’mores, and Cookie Dough
  • Miami Favorites: Coconut Cake, Oreo Cake, Dulce de Leche, Four Leches, Hostess Chocolate, Red Velvet, Black Bottom, Salty Cream, Cookie Dough, Dirt Cup, Guava, and Chocolate Ganache
  • Gluten-Free: Chocolate and Vanilla

Cheesecakes

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.

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, 
  • vanilla, 
  • and features a signature sponge cake base.
The Nuns of New Skete Summer Sampler Cheesecake

The Nuns of New Skete Summer Sampler Cheesecake

In between daily prayers, The Nuns of New Skete 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.

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. 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.

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

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 cake is accompanied by beaded necklaces and doubloons, so you can host your own Mardi Gras party at home.

Dong Phuong Almond Creme King Cake

Dong Phuong Bakery Cream Cheese King Cake

Since 1982, the family-run Dong Phuong Bakery 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.

Brooklyn Blackout Cake

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. 

The iconic Brooklyn Blackout Cake is a rich chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and decorated 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. 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.

Read More: Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Ovenly Brooklyn Blackout Cake

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.

PieCaken

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.

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 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

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.

Read More: Best Cake Flavors for Birthdays & Celebrations

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Lauren-Mack
Lauren Mack

Lauren Mack is a journalist who writes about all things food for Goldbelly. She is passionate about exploring the world one meal at a time. Her favorite things to Goldbelly include cakes, biscuit sandwiches, and ice cream.

Lauren has been a journalist for more than two decades and has specialized in writing about travel and food for much of that time. Her work has appeared in 150+ websites, magazines, apps, and guidebooks, including Cheapflights, CultureTrip, INSIDER, Lonely Planet, Newsweek International, Savory Traveler, Seeker, The Daily Meal, ThoughtCo (formerly About.com), Thrillist, Time Out, TripSavvy, and Zagat.

A lover of Taiwan's night markets, Singapore's hawker centers, and New York City's food trucks, Lauren has never skipped a meal or dessert. She has an insatiable appetite for exploring the world's best food and will try — almost — anything. Her favorite foods are pizza, ice cream, dim sum, sushi, and Taiwanese braised pork rice, and she can't resist a chef's tasting menu.

From backpacking across Europe and Asia to circumnavigating the globe by ship to living like a local in multiple cities, her travels have taken her on food explorations to 60+ countries on five continents. She has called Miami, Beijing, Taipei, and New York home.