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"Let them eat cake." - Marie Antoinette.

"All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much." - George Harrison.

"Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me." - Audrey Hepburn.

CAKE is a form of sweet dessert that is typically baked. In its oldest forms, cakes were modifications of breads, but cakes now cover a wide range of preparations that can be simple or elaborate, and that share features with other desserts such as pastries, meringues, custards, and pies.

Typical cake ingredients are flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil, a liquid, and leavening agents, such as baking soda and/or baking powder. Common additional ingredients and flavourings include dried, candied, or fresh fruit, nuts, cocoa, and extracts such as vanilla, with numerous substitutions for the primary ingredients. Cakes can also be filled with fruit preserves or dessert sauces (like pastry cream), iced with buttercream or other icings, and decorated with marzipan, piped borders, or candied fruit.

PASTRY is the name given to various kinds of baked products made from ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder, and eggs. Small tarts and other sweet baked products are called "pastries."

Pastry may also refer to the dough from which such baked products are made. Pastry dough is rolled out thinly and used as a base for baked products. Common pastry dishes include pies, tarts, quiches and pasties.

Pastry is differentiated from bread by having a higher fat content, which contributes to a flaky or crumbly texture. A good pastry is light and airy and fatty, but firm enough to support the weight of the filling. When making a shortcrust pastry, care must be taken to blend the fat and flour thoroughly before adding any liquid. This ensures that the flour granules are adequately coated with fat and less likely to develop gluten. On the other hand, overmixing results in long gluten strands that toughen the pastry. In other types of pastry such as Danish pastry and croissants, the characteristic flaky texture is achieved by repeatedly rolling out a dough similar to that for yeast bread, spreading it with butter, and folding it to produce many thin layers.

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  • Brioche.
  • Brioche - pastry of French origin that is akin to a highly enriched bread, and whose high egg and butter content give it a rich and tender crumb.
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  • CANALÉ - the canelé is about two inches high, and is made from sugar, milk, flour, rum and vanilla. Delicious at any time of the day, it is appreciated during wine tastings and can be consumed for breakfast, a snack or as a dessert. Although the production of the canelé began during the 17th century, the little cake became famous only in 1985, when canelé became a brand, deposited by the Brotherhood of the canelé of Bordeaux; and it is now the most eaten of all pastries in Bordeaux, France.
  • Cronut.
  • Cronut - croissant-doughnut pastry invented and trademarked by Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York City. The pastry is made by frying a laminated dough in grape seed oil. The fried pastry is then sugared, filled, and glazed.
  • Cupcakes.
  • CUPCAKE - small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper or aluminium cup. As with larger cakes, icing and other cake decorations, such as sprinkles, may be applied.
  • Dundee cake.
  • Dundee cake - famous traditional Scottish fruit cake with a rich flavour. Much favored by Winston Churchill. The cake is often made with currants, sultanas and almonds; sometimes, fruit peel may be added to it. The top of the cake is typically decorated with concentric circles of almonds.
  • Elizabeth's Cake Emporium.
  • Elizabeth's Cake Emporium - "Luxury Wedding Cakes." We create wedding cakes, celebration cakes and cupcakes that are adorned with the most realistic edible jewellery, sugar flowers, lace, pearls and gems.
  • Experts rank the 15 best Dunkin' Donuts flavors - Thrillist.
  • In Paris Bakeries, LibertÉ From Gluten - The New York Times.
  • Is the Worldís Best Croissant Made in Australia? - The New York Times.
  • Macaron.
  • Macaron - French sweet meringue-based confection made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond, and food colouring. The macaron is commonly filled with ganache, buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two biscuits (cookies).
  • Madeleine (cake).
  • Madeleine (cake) - small rich sponge cake, baked in a fluted tin or mould and decorated with coconut and jam. Probably named after Madeleine Palmier, 19th-century French pastry cook, who was a cook in the 18th century for Stanisław Leszczyński, whose son-in-law, Louis XV of France, named them for her. Marcel Proust describes Madeleines as "a little shell of cake, so generously sensual beneath the piety of its stern pleating..." Read also: MADELEINE MOMENT.
  • Original Sacher-Torte size III in a wooden box: €51,50.
  • Original Sacher-Torte - since 1832. "The world-famous original in the attractive wooden box - a sweet greeting from Vienna."
  • Panettone.
  • Panettone - type of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan, usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year in Italy, southeastern France, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Malta, Montenegro, Albania, Eritrea, Georgia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and is one of the symbols of the city of Milan. Main ingredients: Flour, candied fruits, raisins.
  • Pastel de nata.
  • Pastel de nata - is a Portuguese egg tart pastry, common in Portugal.
  • A French pastry shop window.
  • PASTRY - the name given to various kinds of baked products made from ingredients such as flour, sugar, milk, butter, shortening, baking powder, and eggs. Small tarts and other sweet baked products are called "pastries."
  • Persian love cake - The Telegraph.
  • Rustico leccese. Puff pastry filled with mozzarella, béchamel, tomato, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Puff pastry - in baking, a puff pastry is a light, flaky, unleavened pastry containing several layers of fat which is in solid state at 20 °C (68 °F). In raw form, puff pastry is a dough which is spread with solid fat and repeatedly folded and rolled out. It is sometimes called a "water dough" or détrempe. The gaps that form between the layers are a result of the puff pastry rising as the water evaporates into steam during the baking process. Piercing the dough will prevent excessive puffing, and crimping along the sides will prevent the layers from flaking all of the way to the edges.
  • Demel Demelís Sachertorte 6 (large) in a wooden box: €51.
  • Sachertorte - since 1786. Demel, K. u. K. Hofzuckerbäcker. Vienna, Austria. Online store.
  • Salad cakes are the latest weird food craze in Japan - The Telegraph.
  • Blueberry tart.
  • TART - a baked dish consisting of a filling over a pastry base with an open top not covered with pastry. The pastry is usually shortcrust pastry; the filling may be sweet or savoury, though modern tarts are usually fruit-based, sometimes with custard. Tartlet refers to a miniature tart; an example would be egg tarts. Examples of tarts include jam tarts, which may be different colours depending on the flavour of the jam used to fill them, and the Bakewell tart.
  • This woman's creepily realistic cakes will freak you out - The Telegraph.
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