Earlier this year I offered a contest through my author Facebook page for chick lit readers. One question I asked was:
What’s your favourite type of cake?
With over 60 responses and approximately 25 types of cake mentioned, I reckon this is a fascinating representation of reader preferences! Here’s a chart showing all the cakes which were named at least twice:
The winning cakes:
- Coconut ; Cheesecake (tied)
I suspect most of the respondents live in the US or Canada, so this is not a worldwide preference chart! Also, I did combine a few varieties of chocolate cake, and a few flavours of cheesecake. But I was intrigued to see so many cakes mentioned in total, including a few I’d never heard of, like Almond Joy and Funfetti cake. Plus I was reminded of some old favourites, like Black Forest cake and Pineapple Upside Down cake.
Cake is a big part of my life and plays a huge role in my fiction too. Whenever I go back to England, I take particular care to research and note what’s on British menus, such as ginger cake, lemon drizzle cake, and – traditional at this time of year – simnel cake. For my next novel, I’m on a mission to find further intriguing options to comfort my characters as they navigate trials of the heart!
I’m clearly not a food blogger and I’d much rather consume cake than bake it. However, two of my favourite sites where you can find wonderful cake recipes, often with a British twist, are Delightful Repast and April J. Harris.
In the meantime, if your all-time favourite cake is not listed above, please give us a “taste” in the comments!