Lemon drizzle revealed as UK's favourite cake

Banana bread doesn't even make the top 20

Rachel Hosie
Tuesday 25 September 2018 16:24 BST

Whether you prefer a cupcake, multi-layered slice or traybake, cake is undeniably a crucial part of British culture.

From a classic Victoria sponge to American imports like brownies, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to ways to indulge our sweet teeth.

But which is the nation’s favourite treat?

A new study has found that the most popular cake flavour in the UK is in fact lemon drizzle.

The zesty treat is the most-loved cake of 40 per cent of Brits, according to the poll of 2,000 people by Protein World.

In a close second place came chocolate fudge cake (38 per cent), followed by carrot cake in third (37 per cent).

Chocolate brownies took fourth position, with the British teatime staple Victoria sponge cake coming in fifth.

The UK’s favourite cakes:

  1. Lemon drizzle, 40 per cent
  2. Chocolate fudge cake, 38 per cent
  3. Carrot cake, 37 per cent
  4. Chocolate brownie, 36 per cent
  5. Victoria sponge, 35 per cent
  6. Chocolate muffin, 31 per cent
  7. Sticky toffee pudding, 29 per cent
  8. Coffee and walnut cake, 28 per cent
  9. Black forest gate, 26 per cent
  10. Blueberry muffin, 26 per cent 
  11. Fruit cake, 25 per cent
  12. Swiss roll, 23 per cent
  13. Battenburg, 19 per cent
  14. Madeira cake, 18 per cent
  15. Fairy cakes, 18 per cent
  16. Angel cakes, 18 per cent
  17. Butterfly cakes, 17 per cent
  18. Chelsea bun, 16 per cent
  19. Red velvet, 15 per cent
  20. Date and walnut loaf, 12 per cent 

Peculiarly absent from the list are banana bread, cheesecake and cupcakes though.

The research also found that Brits love cake so much that as many as 55 per cent of us would choose a slice of cake over sex, with women more likely to do so than men (73 per cent).

The average Brit eats three slices of cake a week and bakes an impressive four times a month.

In true British fashion, 77 per cent of people agree that “there's not much that can't be sorted with a cup of tea and slice of cake.”

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