Anglophile, Tea & Food

Chick Lit Reader Cake Survey

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:

Reader cake survey | Pauline Wiles

The winning cakes:

  1. Chocolate
  2. Carrot
  3. 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!


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3 Comment

  1. Reply
    April J Harris
    April 17, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Thank you so much for the lovely shout out, Pauline! As you know, I love cake, and I can definitely see why your top 3 came out as they did. I’m not surprised chocolate got number 1, I confess it’s probably my favourite as well. Well, maybe next to ginger cake…

  2. Reply
    Jean | Delightful Repast
    April 22, 2019 at 6:04 am

    Pauline, chocolate was my favorite anything when I was a child. Now I prefer other flavors. I make the British favourites like Lemon Drizzle, Madeira Cake and Victoria Sponge more often than I make chocolate. My paternal grandmother was Southern (US) and made the Caramel Cake so popular there, a yellow cake with caramel icing. It’s really good as well. I love that you include cakes in your books!

    1. Reply
      Pauline
      April 22, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Yellow with caramel icing is yet another new one for me!

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