From perfectly formed fairy cakes to the biggest and most elaborate birthday, wedding and celebration cakes, the world’s biggest bakes are a sight to behold. But when it comes to the question of the biggest cake in the world, who are the creative culinary contenders?
Cake brings people together for all types of celebrations such as weddings and birthdays and festivals. The word cake itself comes from the old Norse word ‘kaka’ and the first ‘cakes’ from ancient Egypt were more like bread sweetened with honey, nuts and dried fruit.
The Romans and Greeks created the basic recipes we still follow – a mixture of eggs, flour, and milk sweetened with honey – and little changed until the eighteenth century with the advent of milled flour and refined sugar. Then the world got creative!
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, tea time was a society event. The cakes were as elaborate and delicate as the china and the gowns. Today, the competition to bake the biggest cake ever continues, as long as there are enough eggs and a big enough mixing bowl!
There are a number of different ‘world’s biggest cake’ records, so for the purpose of this article we’ll list the largest cake in some of the most prominent categories, as well as the biggest birthday cake in the world. Can’t have been easy blowing out all those candles…!
World’s Tallest Cake
A contender for the world’s biggest cake was made by the Hkasima-Nilasari Culinary School in Indonesia in 2008, and the dimensions are as incredible as the list of ingredients.
The cake was thirty-three metres tall, nine metre wide and weighed just over eighteen tons. Among the ingredients were 1.6 tons of sugar, 243 kg of powdered chocolate, 3.2 tons of eggs, 100 litres of liquid sugar, 1.6 tons of margarine and almost two tons of powdered sugar.
World’s Largest Black Forest Gateau
Known in German as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, the famous Black Forest gateau is a delicious mix of chocolate cake, lashings of whipped cream, cherries and more than a light dribble cherry liqueur.
Not quite the biggest cake in the world but close, the largest Black Forest gateau was made in Germany in 2006, it weighed almost three tons and covered an area of 80m2. The ingredients included 5,600 eggs, 800 kg of cherries, 120 litres of cherry liqueur and 700 litres of whipped cream.
Is it a Biscuit or a Cake?
It’s an age-old argument, but a Jaffa Cake is officially a cake, so it earns its rightful place on this list next to the biggest cake ever!
To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of Britain’s Got Talent, Jaffa Cake manufacturer McVitie’s made the biggest cake in the world – Jaffa Cake that is – and it was massive. It was the equivalent of 6,557 regular Jaffa Cakes using 160 eggs, eight kilograms of chocolate and fifteen kilograms of orange jelly. It took eleven hours to make and served 300 people.
I Pronounce You…The World’s Largest Wedding Cake
The largest cake in the world made for a wedding wasn’t actually made for a wedding, rather a bridal showcase but it’s still a staggering feat of baking.
It was created by a team of almost sixty chefs and pastry artisans at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino in Connecticut, USA. Each of the seven tiers had to be lifted in on a forklift truck and it weighed 6.8 tons, more than an African elephant.
The World’s Biggest Birthday Cake
The biggest birthday cake in the world wasn’t baked for a person, it was baked for a city, and is there any more fitting place on Earth than the city of absolute excess, Las Vegas?
The vanilla sponge cake, dubbed the biggest birthday cake in the world, was baked and iced by 1,000 volunteers to celebrate the 100th birthday of Las Vegas. It weighed close to sixty tons. Assembled over fourteen hours, the cake was thirty-one metres long, sixteen metres wide and fifty centimetres high. The retail value of the cake was estimated to be around $250,000 and it totalled around twenty-three million calories!
The Icing on the Cake - The Biggest Cake in the World
The biggest cake ever is also the world’s longest cake and when we say long, we really do mean long!
In January 2020, around 1,500 chefs from the Bakers Association of Kerala in India – known as BAKE – created a cake a staggering 5.3 kilometres long and ten centimetres wide.
The vanilla cake was covered in chocolate ganache and used over twelve tons of sugar and flour. The monumental masterpiece, the world’s biggest cake, weighed an astonishing 27 tons.
Whether you’re partial to a Dutch boterkoek, a Danish lagkage, a Polish wuzetka, a Slovenian kremna rezina or a Brazilian pavê, where cakes are concerned, bigger is always better, especially if it’s the biggest cake in the world!