With so many different types of cakes and each country has their own regional favourites, it is no surprise that cake shops are popular all over the world, but is there a difference in their wares?
France is renowned for creating some of the best ingrosso pasticceria and cakes in the world. In fact, it is not so much a bakery, as it is an artist’s workshop. Called patisseries in France and Belgium, a baker can only gain the title of licensed maitre patissier (Master Pastry Chef) once they have completed an extensive training process.
Bakeries in the U.K. are more commonly referred to as cake shops and often sell a wide range of products that are freshly made on site. These can include bread, pies, pastries, cookies and muffins.
In China, bakeries, much like in the U.K., sell a wide range products. Though many Western style pastries have grown in popularity in China, local bakeries still produce local products such as egg tarts, moon cakes and sun cakes. Traditionally customers can also enjoy hot drinks with their purchases.
The United States
American bakeries have to be seen to be believed. Bringing together products from all around the world such as pretzels, bagels, cookies and muffins. Two American products that have grown in popularity all around the world are the glazed doughnut and the cupcake, with specialised chains and stores constantly opening around the world.
When John F. Kennedy famously said “Ich bin ein Berliner” while visiting Berlin, he was actually calling himself a doughnut. The traditional filled doughnut reportedly originated in Germany, which is famous for many baked products including strudel. However, bread is a staple in German cuisine and, as such, the country produces a wide range including wheat bread, Schwarzbrot, rye bread and Pumpernickel, which is a sweet-tasting product.
Bakeries in India are famous for their colour. Cakes are used in a wide range of celebrations, but due to the heat of the country, chocolate and icing are not commonly used. Instead, many desserts are nut and rice based. Indian sweets, known as Burfi, are always infused with spices and colours such as saffron making a selection, not only mouth-watering but also eye-catching.
The Middle East
The Middle East and North Africa have always produced a wide range of pastries and the countries in the regions are filled with bakeries and cake shops. Mainly nut based, products such as dziriate are filled with almond paste and are incredibly tasty. It is not uncommon to sit back in a local cafe with a cup of mint tea and enjoy a plate of cornes de gazelles, which are crumbly, crescent-shaped cookies filled with cinnamon and almonds. As you would expect, chocolate and fresh cream do not keep well in the hot climates.