This post will highlight the very best cakes you can find on the European continent. Whether you are looking for a tasty treat to bring along to a picnic or a special birthday: these are the best cakes to choose from. They are different, versatile and will cause a taste explosion in your mouth. Surprise everyone with a special gift basket full of European treats. Bake them yourself or head to your favourite deli and make this a tasteful occasion. 

Dutch Apple Cake

You might think you know what an apple cake tastes like but not until you have tried the Dutch variety. The Dutch are proud of their homemade apple cake and they serve it in every café and restaurant as an afternoon snack. The standard recipe includes a sensational mixture of apples, raisins, cinnamon and lemon.

Swedish Daim cake

The well-known Swedish chocolate has a big sister in the form of a luscious cake. A rich mix of almonds, yoghurt and three bars of Daim will take you to chocolate heaven.  You can make one yourself or head to your nearest Ikea to buy one from the shop.

German Schwarzwalder Kirsch chocolate cake

Dark chocolate, cream and forest fruits are all you need for this little number. It is a hearty treat best served with a dark espresso to balance out the high level of sugar.  

Spanish Coca Maria

A quirky cake made from almonds and cinnamon. This cake is best enjoyed during the afternoon with a cup of tea. It is a cake without any frills but with a rich taste. 

French mousse cake

Leave it to the French to come up with a very alternative style of baking. The French mousse cake is in a category of its own.  The base of the cake is made like any other cake; by mixing baking powder with eggs and butter. The rest of the cake is made up out of different layers and flavours of mousse. 

Italian Millefoglie cake

The Millefoglie cake is the ultimate birthday cake for almost every Italian citizen. It is a simple cake and it only takes half an hour to prepare. All you need is puff pastry, crème Chantilly, some sugar, lady fingers, eggs and almonds to create this taste sensation.

British gourmet cheesecake

A perfect cake to bring along to summer picnics in the park. The British gourmet cheesecake is light and versatile which makes it a great treat for almost everyone.  

Czech Kolache

This is not your traditional cake but it is an amazing treat that will impress ay person you present it to. Making kolache is reasonably straight forward. You create small rolls out of sweet leavened dough and fill them with poppy seeds, plum jam, walnuts or farmers cheese. This is a great alternative to the standard cakes and sweet treats. 

Greek carrot cake

Greek carrot cake is very different from your usual British carrot cake. Take away the frosting and the bountiful spices and you have the traditional Greek recipe. This might make it sound like a dull cake but the spongy texture will steal your heart. This is one to try.