Gulab Jamun Cheesecake Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: If you love cakes, then you have no reason not to partake in the International Cake Day celebration on November 26. To make the occasion even more memorable, XPRESS brings you a lowdown on some unconventional cakes you probably haven’t tried before.

Gulab Jamun Cheesecake

If you like gulab jamun and cheesecake, you can now enjoy both in one bite thanks to this Maharani cheesecake by 8 ounce, an online cake shop based in Dubai. It also offers other unusual cakes such as baklava pudding cheesecake (made of baklava - filo pastry layers) and Rangeena tart (made of dates, pistachios and coffee).

Engineered cakes

Sugaholic, a Karama-based bakery has redefined cakes by coming up with what it calls ‘engineered cakes’. These cakes come with motion effects. For instance, the tea spread cake depicts tea being poured from a pot into a cup.

Japanese chiffon cake

If you’ve been looking out for the chiffon cakes that went viral on social media some time ago, you’d be happy to know that they are available at all Yakitate branches in the UAE. The Japanese bakery just added a line of chiffon cakes in pistachio, vanilla as well as caramel flavours. The small portion is priced at Dh12, while the medium portion is priced Dh40. The outlets also accept orders.

Lotus Pizzookie

If you’re a fan of Lotus biscuits and marshmallows, this may be a dream come true for you. Yummy in my Tummy, a dessert parlour in Al Mamzar serves a ‘pizza’ cake filled with marshmallows, Lotus biscuits and lots of caramel.

Price: Dh25 for a single serving, Dh45 for two.

Milk cakes

Sukkar, a new Emirati bake shop located on Al Wasl Road, is changing the connotation of milk cakes. According to the bakers, what’s milk cake if it’s not dipped in milk? All their milk cakes (they have close to 10 flavours) are served with flavoured milk dip. A rose milk cake comes with rose milk, a pistachio cake comes with pistachio milk. Prices start at Dh250.

Fun facts about cakes

1. The first birthday cake was originally a cake given as an offering on a person’s birthday. The first reference to ‘birthday cake’ came in 1785

2. The word cake, comes from ‘kake’ which means flat round of bread baked hard on both sides

3. In its oldest forms, cakes were modifications of breads with honey used as a sweetener

4. According to an old English superstition, putting a fruit cake under your pillow would make you dream about the person you will marry

5. It is believed that the first actual birthday cake was made in Germany in the Middle Ages. The Germans would celebrate children’s birthdays with cake, calling the celebration Kinderfest