A Sweet Heritage – Stories behind iconic cakes

Cakes Showcase

We all love a great dessert, but how much do you know about some of the most iconic cakes and pastries from around the world? Here we take you on a tour to France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Australia to explore the stories behind these popular sweet creations:

Black Forest

One of the best-known cakes in Germany, the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, which means Black Forest Cherry Torte or Gateau is believed to have been inspired by the traditional women’s costume of black dresses and a hat with red poms-poms from the Black Forest region. Josef Keller also claimed to have invented the cake in its present form in 1915 at the Café Agner north of the Black Forest.

Black Forest Cake


The Italian Tiramisu is one of the world’s most famous modern desserts. While many are aware that it comes from Italy, it appears that this nourishing and high caloric dessert made from eggs and sugars was invented in 1800 as an aphrodisiac to reinvigorate customers in a house of pleasure in Treviso. The word Tiramisu comes from the Treviso dialect and means “pick me up”.

Tiramisu 1
Tiramisu 2

Sticky Date Pudding

Known in the UK as the sticky toffee pudding, the invention of this dessert is generally attributed to Francis Coulson from England around 1960, although its exact origin is disputed. It was suggested that Francis got the recipe from a Mrs Martin, who learnt about this dish from Canadian air force officers lodging in a Lancashire hotel during WWII.

Sticky Date Pudding

Lemon Meringue Tart

An American innovation over 200 years old, the lemon meringue tart, came from Mrs Goodfellow, an early female entrepreneur that operated a pastry shop and cooking school for ladies. Her shop was known for providing unique cake and sweet creations for fancy diners in Philadelphia during the Victorian era in the 19th century.

Lemon Meringue Tart


Finally, the meringue-based Pavlova is the signature dessert from our own backyard. This billowy dessert is named after Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova when she toured Australia and New Zealand in 1926. The nationality of its inventor remains disputed. New Zealanders claim that it was a chef at a Wellington hotel inspired by the ballerina’s gracefulness tutu. While Australians claim that Bert Sachse created this dessert in 1935 at the Esplanade Hotel in Perth. However, there is no doubt that the pavlova is much loved by both nations alike.


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