Chocolate sponge has been hailed as the nation’s favourite cake in a poll commissioned by the Good Food Channel.
It was followed by Victoria sponge, Black Forest gateau, carrot cake and coffee cake, in the survey of 2,000 adults.
Sixth on the list was Battenburg. Traditional fruit cake was the seventh most popular choice, with Christmas cake next. Banana cake was in ninth place, with multi-coloured angel cake completing the top 10.
Two-thirds of those that took part in the study said that their vote was made purely on taste but one in 10 said it was their preferred cake because it reminded them of their grandmother.
One in 20 respondents said they eat up to four slices a week. Nearly half of those polled said women were far greedier when it came to scoffing it, so much so that 18% of women have eaten cake and then denied it. Additionally, nearly half of those surveyed said the best accompaniment to a slice of cake was a traditional cup of tea.
Clare Laycock, general manager of the Good Food Channel, said: “Chocolate cake is a well-deserved winner – there’s no better comfort food. Cake and chocolate are a pretty irresistible combination.
“This research shows that us Brits do have a weakness when it comes to cake; nothing beats settling down for a slice of sponge and a good cup of tea. Whether you bake your own or buy it from a shop few people can resist it.”