This is the nation’s favourite cake – and it’s a controversial winner

It’s fair to say, cake is a big part of British culture. From the classic Victoria Sponge to Eccles cakes, most of us can’t resist the sweet treat – give us a cup of tea too and we’re in heaven!

But now, research commissioned by Dr. Oetker Baking has revealed the nation’s favourite cake, and to be honest, we’re surprised with the result.

A study of 2,000 Brits found that chocolate, lemon drizzle and Victoria sponge were among the most popular flavours, but it was cheesecake that took the top spot with 37 per cent of the vote. We have to ask, can that even be counted as a real cake?

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The research, conducted via OnePoll, also found the average adult will consume 72 portions of cake every year, most often for special occasions. But 41 per cent of us will have a slice of sponge just because we fancy something sweet.

So out of all those slices of cake, which types and flavours are our favourite?…

Britain’s favourite cakes

  1. Cheesecake
  2. Chocolate cake
  3. Victoria sponge
  4. Lemon drizzle cake
  5. Doughnuts
  6. Carrot cake
  7. Chocolate fudge cake
  8. Brownies
  9. Sticky toffee pudding
  10. Chocolate log
  11. Millionaires/caramel shortbread
  12. Coffee and walnut cake
  13. Fruit cake
  14. Black forest cake
  15. Christmas cake
  16. Flapjack
  17. Blueberry muffin
  18. Battenberg
  19. Chocolate and salted caramel
  20. Jam roly-poly
  21. Fairy cakes
  22. Jamaican ginger cake
  23. Apple cake
  24. Banana bread
  25. Banana cake
  26. White chocolate and raspberry cake
  27. Red velvet cake
  28. Golden syrup cake
  29. Fondant fancy
  30. Madeira loaf
  31. Marble cake
  32. Spotted dick
  33. Banana and walnut loaf
  34. Pineapple upside down cake
  35. Lemon and coconut cake
  36. Rock cake
  37. Rainbow cake
  38. Blondies
  39. Mud cake
  40. Vegan chocolate and salted caramel

Dr. Oetker Baking recreated pictures of the Queen entirely made from cake and decorations, in celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. Each cake portrait was made from a different style of cake that was particularly popular during the era from which the photo was taken.

Prudence Staithe, the food artist behind the masterpieces, said: ‘The Queen is an icon, and the eight bakes that were displayed show how interesting her reign has been – as well as how much the nation’s taste in cakes has developed.’

The study also found nearly four in ten Brits plan to bake for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend, most likely opting for a traditional Victoria sponge. We imagine the other six will be the ones eating it!