IELTS Speaking Part 1 Cakes: 2020’s recent topic about cakes or eating cakes. Below are the sample answers to the four questions asking about cakes. This is not difficult to talk about as we are all familiar to this particular kind of dessert. We all have cakes whenever we celebrate special event in our lives. So this topic should be a piece of cake indeed! 

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Do you like eating cakes?


(Answer 1)

Yes definitely! I have a sweet tooth and cakes are my favorite kind of dessert. In fact, I never miss storing some cakes in our refrigerator. Eating a slice of cake after a meal is heaven on Earth!

(Answer 2)

I’m not a big fan of cakes as I avoid eating sweets. I’m scared of becoming obese, as we know, high level of sugar consumption is the main culprit of obesity. Honestly, I’m very conscious about my weight as I want to keep myself fit and that’s my biggest reason why I never eat cakes. 


(Answer 3)

I cannot say that I love eating cakes, however, when there’s cake served, a slice is enough for me. Actually, I’m more into eating ice cream than cakes. Cakes are a kind of dessert that I can live without!




(A) sweet tooth [noun] – a strong liking for eating sweet foods

Heaven on Earth [noun phrase] – a very pleasant or enjoyable situation or condition

Big fan [expression] – refers to someone who likes something very much

Culprit [noun] – the cause of the problem

Keep fit [phrase] – to be healthy

Live without [idiom] – to be able to survive or get by without something to which one feels dependent upon





i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a direct positive answer and described his interest of sweet foods using a very good expression. Then, he added details to his answer by stating the fact that he stored cakes at home. He ended his answer by using another great expression that best described his love of cakes. 


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a negative answer using a very good expression [I’m not a big fan…] . Then, he provided his reason about his fear of gaining so much weight if he ate cake. His explanation focused on his health that supported his argument very well. 


iii.) ANSWER 3: The speaker admitted that he’s not really into eating cakes, however, if given or served, he wouldn’t say no to cakes. Then, he transitioned to talking about ice cream as his favorite kind of dessert instead of cakes. That kind of answer helped him extend his answer a bit more. 


Do you know how to bake a cake?


(Answer 1)

Yes I do, and I am a professional pastry chef.  I’m currently working in one of the best cafes here in this city and baking is part of my daily routine at work. 


(Answer 2)

Unfortunately not!  I just love eating cakes but baking never crossed my mind at all, I suppose that’s kind of tedious and honestly I’m not really interested in trying. 


(Answer 3)

Yes I do but I don’t consider myself as an expert. I’m very reliant on reading ‘how-to articles’ or watching tutorial videos about baking cakes or cookies. But I believe with constant practice, I’ll get the hang of it in the near future for sure. 




Professional [adj.] – expert; skilled

Pastry chef [noun] – a professional cook specializing in making desserts

Never cross one’s mind [expression] – used to say that one is not thinking of something 

Tedious [adj.] – boring; dull

Reliant [adj.] – dependent

Constant [adj.] – continuous

Get the hang of something [expression] – to learn how to do something, especially when something is not simple or obvious





i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a positive answer directly and talked about his profession being a pastry chef. He gave the examiner an idea about his role at work that made him expressed his answer smoothly. As a result, he sounded very natural. 

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a direct negative answer and shared his belief about baking. Notice how he used some very good expressions or vocabulary words in his answer – they helped him expressed his answer smoothly and naturally. 


iii.) ANSWER 3: The speaker provided  a positive answer and talked about his mediocre talent in baking. Then, he ended his answer by emphasizing his high hopes of honing his skills instead of quitting baking right away. 


When do you usually eat cakes?


(Answer 1)

Well, like most people do – on special occasions such as natal day, weddings, Christmas, and New Year. These are the times that I indulge myself eating cakes as they’re always served during those wonderful occasions. 


(Answer 2)

I eat cakes whenever I celebrate my birthday, it’s a kind of tradition! Also, if I go to a cafe to meet friends, I enjoy having a slice of cake and a cup of black coffee. It’s a great way to kill time while waiting for my friends. 




Natal day [noun] – another term for birthday

Indulge [verb] – allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of something 

Kill time [idiom] – to engage in an activity for the purpose of making time seem to pass more quickly 





i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker simply stated the obvious, I mean he talked about the general occasions citing them one by one to stretch his answer a bit more. Then, he added the fact that cakes would never be absent in those kinds of events or occasions. Such a relatable and realistic answer! 


ii.) ANSWER 2: First, the speaker talked about  a birthday occasion and in order for him not to give a short answer, he added another time when he could eat cakes. Then, he ended his answer by stating that eating cakes and sipping coffee in a cafe was a great way to let the time pass. It’s a good way to end his answer. 



What is your favorite kind of cake?


(Answer 1)

Nothing in particular – I can eat any kinds of cake – well, as long as there isn’t any poison in it! I couldn’t understand why there are some people who are so picky when it comes to cake. For me all cakes are the same – they’re sweet!


(Answer 2)

Oh wow! I’m torn between a sponge cake and a chiffon cake. It’s impossible for me to choose one as I love both! Well, anyway, if it’s my birthday, I prefer a chiffon cake, however, if I go to a cafe to relax, I normally order a sponge cake. 


Nothing in particular [phrase] – nothing special

Poison [noun] – toxin; a substance that is capable of illness or death

Picky [adj.] – choosy

Torn between something and something [expression] – finding it hard to choose between two choices

Chiffon cake  [noun] – a very light cake made with vegetable oil, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder, and flavorings

Sponge cake [noun] – a soft and light cake made from batter containing eggs which have been beaten into a foamy consistency



i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker started his answer by using a very good expression which meant that he didn’t have a favorite cake and that he could eat any kinds. He added humor on his answer by saying that he could eat any cake as long as it wouldn’t kill him. That makes him sound confident in using the English language. Straightforward and natural!

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker couldn’t choose one kind of cake as his favorite thus using the expression ‘torn between…’, that kind of expression surely helped him increase his mark in the criterion Lexical Resource. Since he couldn’t choose one, he instead talked about two situations where he could eat sponge and chiffon cake. Well, if it’s hard to choose one, then do what the speaker did!


Also, learn the RECENT IELTS SPEAKING PART 1 Topic about A PEN AND A PENCIL on this link

And that’s all for IELTS Speaking Part 1 Cakes recent topic! Isn’t it a piece of cake? Now that you have good ideas, there’s no reason you can’t ace your exam. You can do it!


Meanings of Vocabulary Words or Expressions Sources: 1, 2



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