138 Types of Cakes and Pies: Your Guide to Dessert World

Cakes and pies are an important part of the dessert world. They come in many shapes, sizes, and flavors.

Here are 138 types of cakes and pies in the dessert world:

  • Cheesecakes (United States)
  • Blackforest Cake (German)
  • Gingerbread Cake (England)
  • Babka/ Bobka/ Baba (Poland)
  • Chocolate Bouchon (France)
  • Apple Pie (United States)
  • Meat Pie (Australia)
  • Croquembouche (France)
  • Pastie (Canada)
  • Tourtière/Québécois Meat Pie (Canada)
  • And more than 100 other types of cakes and pies below,
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Pecan Pie. Credit: canva

If you’re planning a party or event for your family or friends, or if you have sweet tooth, it’s important to know what types of cakes and pies will please everyone. In this blog post, we’re going to tell you all about the different types of cakes and pies that exist, so that you can find out which is best for you.

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What is a Cake or Pie? 

What is a Cake?

A cake is a sweetened bread-like food that often contains fruit, nuts, or chocolate. Cakes are usually baked to celebrate special occasions, such as birthday cake, anniversary cake, baby shower cake, and many other occasions. They are typically decorated with icing.

What is a Pie?

Pie can be defined as pastry dough with an open top and bottom, filled with different kinds of fillings such as fruits, vegetables, meat, or seafood combined with other ingredients such as sugar, spices, and vinegar.

A pie can be sweet or savory, and it consists of pastry dough that’s filled with meat, fruit, vegetables, or other ingredients. Pies often have only one crust on top and bottom. The filling usually rises to the top while baking so that it forms an air bubble.

The History of Cakes and Pies

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Pavlova. Credit: canva

What is the history of cakes?

For a long time, people believed that cakes were brought to life. This is because they appeared magically and mysteriously overnight. The Ancient Egyptians thought god came down from heaven with cake in his hands once night fell.

In Greece, the gods were believed to have been eating cake. In Rome, they thought a traveler came from a far-off land and brought them cakes for their parties in honor of Saturnalia.

What is the history of pies?

Pies began at least as early as 1540 in England. They were made with meat or fish that was covered by pastry dough. Over time, people began to use fruit as a filling instead of meat or fish.

Pies were often used during special holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas because it was easy for pies to feed many hungry people with one pie dish.

Types of Cakes and Pies by Filling 

Here are the different types of pies, based on the fillings. Some are interchangeable because some types of pies use mixed types of fillings.

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Coconut Custard Pie. Credit: canva

Cream Pies

Cream pies are filled with a rich custard or whipped cream. Some examples of Cream Pies include:

  • Cheesecake
  • French silk
  • Key Lime meringue
  • Coconut custard
  • Chocolate pie
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Rum Raisin
  • Tapioca Pudding

Fruit Pies

Fruit pies are filled with a fruit filling. Some examples of Fruit Pies include:

  • Apple Pie
  • Blueberry Cobbler
  • Banana Split Pie
  • Coconut Custard Cream Pie (also known as Banana split pie)
  • French Silk Pie (filled with cherries and chocolate chips)  
  • Lemon Meringue Pie (filled with lemon custard and meringue)
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Raspberry Cream Cheese Tartlets  
  • Strawberry Shortcake Pie  (a shortbread crust that is filled with a sweetened cream cheese mixture and fresh strawberry slices)

Custard Pies

  • Custard pies are filled with a rich mixture of eggs, sugar, and milk or cream. Some examples of Custard Pies include:
  • Boston Cream Cheesecake (a creamy cheesecake filling that is topped with chocolate)
  • Chocolate Cream Pie (filled thick custard center covered in the whipped cream topping)  
  • Dutch Apple Tart (a filling of apples, sugar, and spices that is baked inside a crust)
  • French Silk Pie (filled with cherries and chocolate chips)  
  • Lemon Meringue Pie (filled with lemon custard and meringue)
  • Peanut Butter Cream Pie (also known as Banana split pie or French silk pie filled with peanut butter and chocolate chips)
  • Pumpkin Pie (a pumpkin and custard filling is simmered together with spices such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)

Savory Pies

Savory pies are filled with a mixture of meat, fish, or vegetables. Some examples of Savory Pies include:

  • Chicken Pot Pie. Chicken Pot Pies are made by filling shortcrust pastry cases to the brim with cooked chicken pieces in the broth. They can also include root vegetables.
  • Meat Loaf Pie  (a mixture of ground beef and onions that is placed into puff pastry)    
  • Shepherd’s Pie (ground lamb mixed together with spices such as cumin, coriander, paprika, and garlic powder)
  • Tuna Melt Pie (a mixture of tuna fish, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise that is covered with a layer of bread crumbs).

Types of Cakes and Pies by Shape/Style 

Types of cakes by shape/style

Layer cake (also known as a sponge or chiffon cake) 

A rich, spongy, and moist type of cake that has multiple layers. The batter is poured into pans and baked until the top springs back when lightly touched. Once cooled, it can be filled with buttercream frosting in between each layer and frosted on the outside.

Sponge cake

Sponge cake is (a delicate, light-textured cake made from eggs, sugar, flour, or cornstarch with beaten egg whites folded in to make it lighter).

Cheesecake

Cheesecake is a rich creamy filling is baked inside of a crust. It can be topped with fruit such as strawberries and blueberries.

Napoleon Cake

Napoleon cake is a pastry that is made up of three layers of puff pastry spread with custard cream or jam, then stacked in the order: cake-custard-cake.

Fruit Cake

Fruit cake is a rich fruit mixture such as sultanas [golden raisins], currants, dates, cherries, raisins, and candied peel that is mixed with butter or cream cheese to hold it together.

Genoise Cake

Genoise cake is a type of sponge cake made from whisked eggs and sugar. It has a fine crumb which makes it suitable for use as the base for many elaborate cakes.

Mousse Cake

A mousse cake is made of layers of mousse and sponge cake, biscuits, meringue, macaroon, or butter cake layers.

Types of pies by shape/style

Cobbler Pies

Cobblers are pies filled with a fruit filling that’s topped with a thick batter or biscuit crust. Some examples of Cobblers include:

  • Apple Cobbler
  • Blueberry Cobbler
  • Peach cobbler. Peach Cobblers are filled with peaches, sugar, and spices such as cinnamon. They can also have a sprinkle of nuts on the top for added flavor. 
  • Cherry Cobbler (a cherry filling which is covered by a layer of biscuit dough)  
  • Strawberry cobbler (a strawberry filling with crumbled butter biscuits on top).

Pie Pies or Hand pies

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Aussie Hand Pies. Credit: canva

Pie Pies or hand pies are small individual-sized portions that are shaped into triangles or crescents. Some examples of Pie Pies include:

  • Aussie Hand pies
  • Baked Apple HandPies
  • Dutch apple hand pies with brown sugar and cinnamon crust.
  • Pastie (Canada)

Tarts

Tarts are pies that have a crust on the bottom and sides of the dish. The filling is then placed into the shell with some sort of fruit or jam. Some examples include:

  • Cherry Tart (a tart filled with cherry pie filling)  
  • Raspberry Cream Cheese Tartlets (a mixture of cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and raspberries)
  • Cheese tarts are small-sized tarts that have a cheese filling. They can either be savory or sweet.
  • Cheesecake Tart
  • Chocolate Cream Pie (a chocolate custard filling)
  • Lemon Meringue Pie (a lemon custard and meringue mixture that is baked until the top becomes golden brown).    
  • Strawberry Tarts or Mini Tarts with a sweet crust filled with a layer of pastry cream and topped with ripe strawberry slices.

Types of Cakes and Pies by Country 

What are the different types of cake by country?

Cheesecakes (United States)

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Cheesecake. Credit: canva

A type of cake that is made from cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and flavorings such as chocolate or lemon juice. They can also be baked in a springform pan which makes it easy to remove the outer ring when it’s finished cooking.

Cupcakes (United States)

A type of cake that is made into small individual portions. The batter can be poured or spooned into small lined muffin tins and baked until it forms a crisp crust on top. They are often topped with frosting, candy sprinkles, chocolate shavings etc.

Chelsea Buns (United Kingdom)

A type of bun filled with currants, raisins, and spices such as cardamom & cinnamon. It’s usually served sliced in half which fills it with butter.

Blackforest Cake (German)

A type of chocolate cake filled with whipped cream and cherries. It’s then decorated using more whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a maraschino cherry on top.

Gingerbread Cake (England)

A type of cake that is made with molasses, honey or brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. This creates a spicy flavor to the cake which can be further enhanced by adding more spices such as nutmeg.

Angel Food Cake (United States)

A type of cake made with egg whites, sugar, flour, and cream of tartar. It’s usually baked in an ungreased tube pan which gives it its unique shape. The cake is often drizzled with some glaze or fruity syrup.

Hummingbird Cake (South America/Jamaica)

Hummingbird cake is a cross between banana bread and pineapple upside-down cake, in my opinion. While it is well-known in the American South, the dish has origins in Jamaica, where it was known as a Doctor Bird cake.

Babka/ Bobka/ Baba (Poland)

This is a yeast sponge cake with a chocolate or vanilla glaze and icing, garnished with almonds and/or rum.

Basbousa (Turkey)

Basbousa is a Middle Eastern cake prepared from semolina or farina soaked in simple syrup, which dates back to the Ottoman Empire. The syrup is frequently flavored with coconut, orange flower water, or rose water.

This is a beautiful chocolate sponge cake with whipped cream and maraschino cherries sandwiched between it. To add greater flavor, chocolate shavings are sprinkled all over the cake.

Brownies (United States, Canada)

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Brownies. Credit: canva

Brownies are square cakes that are baked in a small dish. They’re often made of flour, eggs, chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, and butter. Nuts and chocolate chips may also be included. Brownies can be eaten with chocolate syrup and a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top.

Buccellato (Sicily, Italy)

The Buccellato is a circular cake served on special occasions and for special people. On the day of the christening, the godparents give it to the godchild and his/her family. Honey, marsala, aniseed, and raisins are included in this dessert. It’s usually accompanied by a cappuccino or tea

Bundt Cake (United States)

The Bundt cake is made in the form of a ring with a hollow central space (bundt cake mold). This cake is generally available in one flavor and, on occasion, powdered sugar or drizzled with chocolate.

Carrot Cake (United Kingdom)

Carrots are the primary component of this cake, which is made with flour, eggs, sugar, and almonds. The flavor of the cake is improved with cream cheese and a sugar glaze.

Charlotte Cake (France)

To prepare a Charlotte cake, the bread, sponge cake, and cookies are combined. To form the cake lining, ladyfingers are used. Fruit puree or custard, or flavored gelatin is used to give it a strong flavor and taste.

Chiffon Cake (United States)

Another type of sponge cake is chiffon cake, which consists of vegetable oil, eggs, flour, and sugar. It’s made in the same manner as an Angel cake but with a few modifications: The aerated qualities of this dessert are combined with meringue.

Chocolate Bouchon (France)

The cake is a multi-layered chocolate masterpiece, with a corkscrew form and the name bouchon, which means “cork” in French.

Christmas Cake (United Kingdom)

A rum-soaked cake infuses with dried fruit like raisins and almonds, cinnamon, cherries, and is turned into a chocolate cake for this Christmas confection. This Christmas dessert is generally decorated with royal icing or glaze.

Cremeschnitte (Slovenia, Croatia, Germany)

A vanilla and custard cream cake is Cremeschnitte. There are many regional variants, but they all feature a puff pastry foundation and custard cream.

Dacquoise (France)

138 Types of Cakes and Pies: Your Guide to Dessert World
Dacquoise. Credit: canva

Dacquoise is a sweet treat made from meringue, almonds, hazelnuts, whipped cream, chocolate, and buttercream.

Depression Cake (United States)

The name “depression cake” comes from its creation during the Great Depression. It is composed of flour, apples, raisins, prunes, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, walnut, almonds, pecans, and pears.

Devil’s Food Cake (United States)

Devil’s food cake is a rich, moist chocolate layer cake. It is a dense cake that is sandwiched between rich Cornflakes or chocolate chips, combined with cream cheese or vanilla icing. This is a cake for chocolate lovers.

Dundee Cake (Scotland)

The cake’s distinct flavor comes from the addition of currants, almonds, sultanas, and fruit peels.

Dobos Cake, Dobos Torte Or Dobosh Torte (Hungary)

The Dobos cake has several cake layers. It is covered in a thin caramel topping, which is flavored with chestnuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds.

Esterházy Torte (Hungary)

The Esterházy torte is a unique pastry that’s named after Prince Paul III Anton Esterhazy. Caramel cream, chocolate buttercream, layers of sponge cake soaked in rum, and kirsch are all part of this delicate torte recipe.

Fat Rascal (Yorkshire, United Kingdom)

The Fat Rascal is a pastry filled with currants, raisins, and often dried fruit. It’s topped off with sugar icing glaze or raspberry jam to give it an extra bit of sweetness.

Financier (France)

An almond-paste cake is a Financier. The base of this recipe has whole eggs, flour, and sugar that are baked in a mold then dusted with powdered sugar or glazed.

Flan (Argentina)

This custard flan dessert may be topped off with caramel sauce for extra sweetness. This rich treat is made with milk, eggs, cream cheese or condensed milk.

Frog Cake (Australia)

The frog cake is a popular treat in Australia. Frog cakes are shaped exactly as their name suggests. However, they are made from sponge cake, frosted with cream and fondant.

Fraisier (France)

The Fraisier cake is a strawberry shortcake made with almond sponge cake, pastry cream, and strawberries.

Fruitcake (Rome, Italy)

138 Types of Cakes and Pies: Your Guide to Dessert World
Fruitcake. Credit: canva

Fruitcakes are a traditional confection in Italy, particularly in the regions of Campania, Basilicata, and Sicily. The cake is served primarily around Christmas time.

Genoa Cake (Italy)

Genoa cake has a crispy crust and is filled with raisins.

German’s Chocolate Cake (United States)

German’s chocolate cake is a moist, chocolate-layer cake. The layers are filled with fudge and coconut-pecan frosting.

Gåsebryst (Denmark)

Gåsebryst is a Danish fruitcake made from dried fruits, almonds, and spices.

Haupia Cake (Hawaii)

The coconut cake is a delicious mixture of rich cream cheese frosting with haupia filling between each layer of yellow cake. Hāpai hou means “delicious again”

Lemon Raspberry Cake (United States)

A lemon raspberry cake is a dense, moist yellow cake filled with fresh raspberries and topped with tangy cream cheese frosting.

Italian Cream Cake (Italy)

The Italian cream cake is a layered confection made with sponge cake, pastry cream, and whipped cream. It can also be found in many forms of combination such as chocolate or vanilla cakes filled with creamy filling.

Jamaica Ginger Cake (Caribbean)

This spicy ginger poundcake is soaked in dark Jamaican rum syrup.

King Cake, King’s Cake, Galette des Rois (France, Spain)

King cake is a traditional Mardi Gras dessert. The cakes are usually made with cream cheese inside and covered in sugar frosting or fondant. Sometimes filled with almond paste, lemon curd, jelly, or mousse.

Kladdkaka (Sweden)

Kladdkaka is a rich chocolate cake made with dark cocoa, flour, sugar, eggs, and butter. It is often topped with powdered sugar or whipped cream.

Lady Cake (United Kingdom)

The lady cake originates from Northern England where it was eaten as a snack on long journeys. The cakes are moist and spicy due to the addition of currants, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Kliņģeris (Latvia)

Kliņģeris is a yeast cake, filled with sweetened cheese and raisins. Often served at the end of large meals or as a breakfast food.

Kolacz (Poland)

138 Types of Cakes and Pies: Your Guide to Dessert World
Kolacz. Credit: canva

Kolacz is a type of Polish kuchen, or coffee cake. It consists of well-kneaded dough that’s been rolled out and shaped into a rectangle, then filled with fruit (most often blueberries) and baked in the oven until golden brown. The filling is typically streusel, or cake crumbs with sugar and butter added.

Kouign-amann (France, Brittany)

Kouign-amann is a pastry made by layering butter and sugar, salt, and yeast in between dough. This creates flaky layers of pastry inside the cake. The outside layer has caramelization that gives it an almost crunchy texture when consumed.

Kransekake (Denmark, Norway)

Kransekage is a cake baked in rings and stacked to form decorative cakes. The rings are held together with icing, candied fruit, or nuts. Kransekake contains almonds, sugar, egg whites, and vanilla. It is very similar to an Italian wedding cake although the latter is not baked in rings.

Kremówka (Poland)

Kremówka is a cream cake. It has layers of airy sponge cake, filled with sweetened whipped cream. The top layer can be decorated with fruit or marzipan topping.

Lamington (Australia)

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Lamingtons. Credit: canva

Lamingtons are sponge cakes, dipped in chocolate icing and rolled in coconut. Lamington is often served with raspberry jam between the layers of cakes.

Madeleine or Petite Madeleine (France)

Madeleine is a small shell-shaped cake that originated in France. It is traditionally made using butter, sugar, eggs, and flour baked in its own mold. Madeleines are often served with tea or coffee at afternoon parties.

Marble Cake (Denmark)

Marble cake is a very simple cake made of butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and baking powder. It is often flavored with vanilla extract or almond extract. The batter for the marble cake is divided into two parts then swirled together to give it its marbling effect on top.

Mazurek (Poland)

Mazurek is a cake that consists of many layers. It begins with yeast dough, which is then separated into smaller pieces and rolled flat to create thin sheets. These sheets are brushed with butter or vegetable oil and sprinkled with sugar granules before they are stacked on top of one another. Then the cake is decorated with one of the following: fruit preserves, chocolate spread, or a sugar glaze.

Marjolaine (France)

Marjolaine is a rectangular layered cake made with génoise sponge, hazelnut buttercream, and chocolate. This cake can be garnished with pralines or candied violets.

Mille Crêpes Cake (France)

A Mille Crêpe cake is a vanilla cake made from a batter that includes flour, butter, sugar and milk. Each crêpe is brushed with melted butter before being stacked in rows to form the base of this delicate layered cake.

Molten chocolate cake/Lava Cake (French, United States)

Molten chocolate cake is also known as Lava Cake because it has a baked center that oozes out when you cut into the cake. It is a cross between chocolate soufflé and a flourless cake. This cake is made with chocolate ganache, which makes it moist and soft in texture.

Opera Cake (France)

Opera cake is made up of many layers. First, there are three layers of almond sponge soaked in coffee syrup that sandwich a layer of chocolate ganache and another layer of crème au beurre moka filling. This entire cake is then iced with a dark chocolate fondant glaze.

Paczki (Poland)

Paczki (pronounced “ponshe”) are filled doughnuts similar to jelly donuts. They are traditionally eaten by the Polish community on Shrove Tuesday, but can be found year-round in bakeries all over Poland and America.

Panpepato (Italy)

Panpepato is a round cake made with layers of gingerbread and chocolate. This cake has an orange glaze atop it, flavored with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, lemon zest.

Pavlova (Australia, New Zealand)

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Raspberry Pavlova. Credit: canva

Pavlova is a cake composed of whipped egg whites and sugar, filled with fruits or other sweet fillings. It has an airy meringue texture that’s crispy on the outside but soft inside.

Petit Fours (France)

A small dessert, often known as a petit four, is a tiny cake served with coffee after dinner. These are inch-square sponge cakes covered in buttercream and colored fondant, then decorated with fruits, marzipan, nuts, and more icing.

Petit Gâteau (France)

Petit Gâteau is small, crunchy chocolate cakes with a soft, molten center. They’re commonly served with vanilla ice cream and resemble chocolava cake.

Povitica (Croatia)

Povitica is a yeasty, moist cake made with butter and cream cheese.

Pound Cake (United Kingdom)

Pound cakes are used in many different types of cakes. It’s a richly, hearty cake with the same amounts of ingredients. This cake is available in a variety of cake flavors including liqueur, extracts, tastes, chocolate chips, candied fruits, lemons and/ or oranges zest, dried fruits, coffee, key lime, and other fruits. The most popular one is lime pound cake.

Princess Cake (Sweden)

A princess cake is a layer cake with alternating layers of whipped cream and sponge cake, with jam and custard in between.

Prinzregententorte (Germany)

The Prinzregententorte is a sponge cake creation sandwiched between buttercream and chocolate glaze.

Punschkrapfen (Austria)

Punschkrapfen is a rum-soaked nougat cake that has been iced in chocolate. It’s glazed with thick pink sugary rum glaze drizzled with chocolate. The petit four cake is comparable to this one.

Red Bean Cake (Japan, China)

Red Bean cake is made from mashed red beans and gelatin.

Red Velvet Cake (United States)

The red velvet cake is a simple sponge cake spiced with beetroot juice and cocoa powder, although nowadays food color is used instead of beetroot, giving it its distinctive maroon color. A thick white frosting is applied to the cake.

Rum Cake (Jamaica, Trinidad, and Tobago)

A pound or sponge cake soaked in rum, then filled with whipped cream and fresh fruits, is known as a rum cake. The cake is covered in boiled icing and dried fruit. This cake is frequently baked in loaf or bundt baking pans.

Ruske Kape (Bosnia)

The sides of the Ruske Kape cake are coated with grated coconut and crushed walnuts, and it is cooked in small round molds. The top of the cake is soaked in chocolate, vanilla, or mocha depending on your preference.

Sachertorte (Austria)

138 Types of Cakes and Pies: Your Guide to Dessert World
Sachertorte. Credit: canva

The Sachertorte is a three-layered chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam in the middle that is topped with dark chocolate and whipped cream for decoration.

Šakotis (Lithuania)

The name Skakotis comes from the word ἡκος, which means “tree with many branches.” This may be due to the fact that the cake is frequently found in a conical shape. The cake is turned in front of an open fire as layers are added on top of each other, resulting in a unique form.

Seven Layer Cake (Hungary)

A 7-layer cake is a five to seven-layered cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

Sfouf (Lebanon)

A traditional Lebanon cake, Sfouf is a soft cake made from semolina and almond cake that is flavored with sugar and turmeric.

Shortcake (United Kingdom)

Shortcake is a simple sponge cake. The first half of the cake is topped with whipped cream and fruits drizzled with biscuit or scone powder.

Sicilian Cassata (Italy)

Sicilian Cassata is a sponge cake soaked in fruit juice or liqueur, which is then covered with marzipan. It’s made with candied peels, ricotta cheese, and chocolate or vanilla filling stacked one on top of the other.

Soufflé (France)

A soufflé is a delicate and fluffy cake made with egg whites, sugar, milk, flour, butter, jam, cheese, fruits (typically berries), chocolate (usually roasted), lemon zest.

Spekkoek (Netherlands)

The Spekkoek is a multilayer cake made with almonds, cashews, cheese, and dried fruits.

Spice Cake (North America)

The name comes from the many spices used in its preparation, including cloves, allspice, nutmeg, maple syrup, ginger, and cinnamon.

Sponge Cake (United Kingdom)

The sponge cake is the foundation for almost every baked good. It’s a delicate cake that serves as the core of numerous desserts, including ladyfingers and other cakes.

Streuselkuchen (Germany)

Streuselkuchen is a yeasty, doughy flat cake that’s cut into oblong slices. It’s covered in streusel, which is made up of sugar, flour, and fat-based crumbs.

Swiss Roll (United Kingdom)

A Swiss roll is a sponge cake with jam, icing, and whipped cream inside that is then rolled and set. Then the cake is sliced into pieces.

Tarte Tatin (France)

Tarts that are upside down and made of caramelized fruits are known as Tarte Tatins.

Thousand/Twelve Layer Cake (Dutch)

Although the figure of a thousand is greatly exaggerated, there are only 12 layers in the cake. The layers are delicate and delicious, frequently seasoned with unique flavors derived from around the world.

Tiramisu (Italy)

138 Types of Cakes and Pies: Your Guide to Dessert World
Tiramisu. Credit: canva

Tiramisu is a dessert made of ladyfingers soaked in espresso liqueur and topped with mascarpone cheese and custard. It’s dusted with cocoa powder to give it a chocolatey finish.

Torte (Spain)

Tortes are a delicious, beautiful treat that contains ground nuts and fruit puree and is typically baked in a round shape. Unlike cakes, tortes are not stacked and are frequently glazed and topped with fresh fruits and whipped cream.

Torta Tre Monti (Italy, San Marino)

A Torta Tre Monti is a three-layered cake made of thin wafers sandwiched between hazelnut or chocolate ganache, then covered in fondant.

Tres Leches Cake (South America)

The tres leches cake is a sponge cake that has been soaked in a blend of milk, such as evaporated and condensed milk, or whole milk.

Tunis Cake (Scotland)

The cake of the French-speaking region, on the other hand, has a thick layer of chocolate cake and is covered in marzipan and fruits.

Wine Cake (Colombia)

Wine cakes are prepared using ingredients such as wine, candied fruit, rum, and raisins.

What are the different types of pies by country?

Apple Pie (United States)

138 Types of Cakes and Pies: Your Guide to Dessert World
Apple Pie. Credit: canva

An American type of pie that is made with a filling that contains cooked apples, sugar, and spices such as cinnamon.

Banana Split Pie (United States)

A type of custard pie that contains banana filling mixed with the whipped topping and topped off its finished cooking. It can also be known as French Silk Pie because it has cherries and chocolate chips inside of the custard filling.

Croquembouche (France)

A type of pastry made from choux dough that is shaped into balls or small towers which are then deep-fried in oil. It’s usually filled with cream, custard, whipped cream, etc. before being topped off with a toasted sugar icing.

Meat Pie (Australia)

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Australian Meat Pies (Aussie Hand Pies). Credit: canva

A type of pastry that is filled with meat and gravy. The filling can also include root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions, etc. It’s usually topped off with a puff pastry lid before it finishes cooking.

Boston Cream Pie (United States)

A type of cake that consists of yellow sponge cake layers filled with custard cream and topped off its finished cooking. It’s also covered in chocolate glaze.

Blueberry Cobbler (United States)

A type of dessert that is made from a batter or dry mix that contains berries and sugar as the main flavorings. It’s typically covered in a crumbly mixture which is usually streusel-like before it finishes cooking.   

Pastie (Canada)

A type of pastry that is made from a savory filling and wrapped up in puff pastry. The most common types are steak, ground beef, chicken, or vegetarian pasties.

Cherry Tart (United States)

A type of pastry that is made using a sweetened dough with almonds and cherries. The fruit filling has the consistency of jam, but not as thick or firm. It’s usually covered in elegant icing before it finishes cooking.

Cheese Tart (Japan, Hokkaido)

A type of pastry that is made using sweetened dough with cheese mixtures inside. The tart can be baked or fried, and it’s usually finished cooking after being topped off with an egg custard mixture. It also has a flaky exterior texture similar to pie crusts.

Strawberry Rhubarb Coconut Cream (United States)

A type of pie that is prepared by putting together strawberry, rhubarb, and coconut cream. It has a streusel-like crust with shredded coconut on top before it finishes cooking.

Chocolate Cream Pie (the United Kingdom & Canada)

A type of pie that is made from a chocolate custard filling that has been placed inside a pastry crust. It’s usually topped off with whipped cream before it finishes cooking.    

Coconut Custard Pie (Canada, Australia, United Kingdom)

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Coconut Custard Pie. Credit: canva

A type of pie that is made with coconut milk, eggs, sugar, and shredded coconut which are placed inside a pastry crust before it finishes cooking.    

Dutch Apple Pie(Germany)

A type of pie that is made with sugar, cinnamon, butter, and cooking apples which are placed inside a bottom crust before it finishes cooking. It’s usually topped off with whipped cream or ice cream.   

Eclair (France)

A type of pastry that contains choux dough piped into finger-length pieces filled with cream. It’s usually topped off with chocolate icing and finished cooking before serving.

French Silk Pie (United States)

French Silk Pie features an Oreo cookie crust, rich and creamy chocolate filling, and is topped with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings! No raw eggs

Tuna Melt Pie (United Kingdom)

A mixture of tuna fish, cheddar cheese and mayonnaise

Key Lime Meringue Pie (Bahamas/Caribbean region of the world)

A type of pie that is made with key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks which are placed inside a pastry crust before it finishes cooking. It’s usually topped off with meringue while still hot from the oven .

Pecan Pie (United States)

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Pecan Pie. Credit: canva

A type of pie that is made from a mixture of eggs, butter, and corn syrup which are placed inside a pastry crust before it finishes cooking. It’s usually topped off with pecans.    

Pumpkin Pie (United States)

A type of pie that is made with pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar, and spices such as ginger & cinnamon. It can be served hot or cold with whipped cream on top. 

Rum Raisin (Bahamas & Caribbean region of the world).

A type of pastry that is filled with raisins, sugar and spices such as nutmeg & cinnamon. It’s usually topped off before it finishes cooking.

Shortbread Pie (Scotland)

It contains a shortbread crust that has been pressed into the pie plate followed by a filling made from eggs, butter or margarine , sugar, and flour which is then baked until it’s golden brown.

Tapioca Pudding(Canada, United Kingdom, Australia)

A type of pudding that is made from milk, sugar and tapioca which are cooked together until it has thickened. It’s usually topped off with whipped cream before serving.  

Panettone (Italy)

In Italy, people make a type of cake called “Panettone” at Christmas time. It is made with raisins and dried fruit that’s baked until it forms a crisp crust on top.

Töltött Káposzta (Hungary)

In Hungary, they have their own version of pies which is called töltött káposzta. It is essentially stuffed cabbage leaves that are filled with ground beef or pork, onion, bread crumbs, and spices. It’s usually served with cooked egg noodles and sour cream.    

Napoleons/Milanais (France)

A Napoleon is a type of pastry named after the French Emperor. It consists of layers of puff pastry alternating with custard cream and topped with a layer of icing.

Sheperd’s Pie (United Kingdom)

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Sheperd’s Pie. Credit: canva

A type of pie that is made with ground lamb or beef, onion, and carrots which are placed inside a pastry crust before it finishes cooking. It’s usually topped off with mashed potatoes while still hot from the oven.    

Chicken Pot Pie (United States)

A type of pie that is made with chicken, carrots, and peas which are placed inside a pastry crust before it finishes cooking. It’s usually topped off with mashed potatoes while still hot from the oven.

Empanadas (Latin America, Southern Europe)

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Empanadas. Credit: canva

A type of pastry that is filled with meat, cheese, and spices such as cumin & paprika. It’s usually topped off before it finishes cooking.    

Tourtière/Québécois Meat Pie (Canada)

A type of pie that is made with ground pork and/or veal, onion, potatoes, and spices such as nutmeg & cloves. It’s usually topped off before it finishes cooking.

Pigeon Pie/B’stilla (Morocco)

A type of pie that is made with spices, almonds, and filo pastry. It’s usually topped off before it finishes cooking.    

Baklava (Mediterranean region)

A type of pastry made with layers upon layers of filo dough filled with chopped nuts such as pistachios. It’s usually topped off before it finishes cooking with a sweet syrup made from honey and sugar.    

Beef and Guinness Pie (Ireland)

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Beef and Guinness Pie. Credit: canva

It is a type of pie that consists of beef, onions, and potatoes that are stewed together before being placed in a pastry crust. The whole thing is then baked until the inside has cooked while the outside forms a crispy shell.

Chicken & Leek Pie (United Kingdom)

A type of pie made with chicken meat, leeks, herbs, and spices such as sage, mixed with a thickened stock that is poured into the pastry crust before it finishes cooking.    

Coconut Pie (Caribbean Region)

A type of pie made from coconut milk that has been sweetened & thickened while being cooked together in order to form its own filling. This mixture is then poured into the pastry crust before it finishes cooking.    

Currywurst Pie (Germany)

A type of pie that consists of bratwursts in a curry ketchup sauce which is placed inside a pastry crust before being baked until browned on top. The whole thing can be served with French fries and/or salad.

Sfija/Sfeeha (Lebanon)

A type of pie that is made with ground meat and spices such as allspice & cinnamon. It’s usually served hot and topped off before serving with a yogurt-based sauce mixed with garlic, mint, and lemon juice.    

Haggis Pies (Scotland)

A type of pie that consists of ground meat made from oats, onion, and spices such as pepper & cloves. It is usually served with mashed potatoes or sometimes even just on its own.

Lahmacun/Turkish Pizza (Turkey)

It consists of a thin crust topped off with spiced minced lamb and pine nuts alongside thinly sliced onions and a sprinkling of parsley. You can either eat it by itself or with fresh salad leaves on top.    

Potato & Cheese Pierogi (Poland)

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Pierogi. Credit: canva

A type of pierogi that is filled with mashed potatoes, cheese, and spices such as black pepper while being boiled until soft before baking in the oven to get crispy on top. It’s usually topped off with sour cream while some people also eat it with fried bacon bits on the side.

Saumagen/Saumagen (Germany)

A type of pierogi that is filled with finely chopped pork, onions, and spices such as ginger & cloves before being boiled until soft before baking in the oven to get crispy on top. It’s usually topped off with tangy pickle relish and/or mustard before serving warm.    

Sweet Potato Pie (United States)

A type of pie made from sweet potatoes that have been mashed, mixed with eggs & spices such as nutmeg while being baked until golden brown on top along with the crust. It’s usually topped off with whipped cream or marshmallows before serving cold.

Key Lime Pie (United States)

A type of pie made from key limes, eggs and condensed milk that have been baked until the center has set while the outside is firm yet chewy in texture. The whole thing can be served with whipped cream on top.

Kreatopita (Greece)

A type of pie made with filo pastry that has been layered upon one another while being filled with feta cheese, fresh herbs and spices. The whole thing is baked until golden brown on top before cooling down completely to allow it to set in its own juices along the inside.

Knish (Israel)

It is a type of pastry that consists of either ground beef or mashed potato which has been mixed with onions and spices such as black pepper. They are then baked until golden brown before being allowed to cool down completely in order for it to set in its own juices along the inside.

Lefse (Norway)

A type of pastry made with a type of starchy potato that has been mixed together with butter and milk before being rolled out into thin flat pieces which are baked until golden brown on top. It’s usually served hot right off the stovetop alongside some types of meat such as ham or beef slices.

Pogacsa (Hungary)

A type of pastry that is made with a simple dough that has been rolled out into thin flat pieces before being baked until golden brown on top. They are usually served warm right off the stovetop alongside some types of meat such as ham or beef slices.

Samosa (India)

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Samosa. Credit: canva

It is a type of pastry that consists of either ground beef or mashed potato which has been mixed with onions and spices such as black pepper. They are then baked until golden brown before being allowed to cool down completely in order for it to set in its own juices along the inside.

Sfogliatelle (Italy)

A type of pastry made with a thin flaky dough that has been rolled out into flat pieces before being filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and/or candied fruit. They are then baked until golden brown on top before cooling down completely to allow it to set in its own juices along the inside.

Chinese Meat Pie/Xian Bing (China)

A type of pie made from a thin piece of pastry dough that has been rolled out into a circle before being filled with minced pork, vegetables and spices such as ginger & garlic. It is then baked until golden brown on top while the bottom portion remains crispy in texture.

Lamb Pie (Ireland)

A type of pie made with lamb mince and onions that have been baked until golden brown on top before cooling down completely to allow it to set in its own juices along the inside.

Liver Pie (United Kingdom)

It is a type of pastry consisting mainly of cooked liver, suet, bread crumbs which have all been mixed together with a variety of spices such as thyme and black pepper. This mixture is then put into a shortcrust pastry before being baked until golden brown on top while the bottom remains crispy in texture.

FAQs

What are the different types of cakes?

Here are 5 types of cakes:

  • Sponge cake
  • Cheesecake
  • Napoleon cake
  • Fruit cake
  • Mousse cake
  • Layer cake
  • Genoise cake
  • Tiramisu
  • Meringue Cake

What are the 4 types of pies?

Cream, fruit, custard, and savory are the four types of pies.

What are the 5 types of cakes?

Here are 5 types of cakes:

  • Sponge cake
  • Cheesecake
  • Napoleon cake
  • Fruit cake
  • Mousse cake

What are the 10 best cakes?

  • Cheesecakes (United States)
  • Blackforest Cake (German)
  • Gingerbread Cake (England)
  • Babka/ Bobka/ Baba (Poland)
  • Chocolate Bouchon (France)
  • Tiramisu (Italy)
  • Cupcakes
  • Devil’s Food Cake
  • Bundt cake
  • Pavlova