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Tradition in modern age

The Chimney Cake, also called Baumstriezel, Kürtöskalács and Trdelnik, is a traditional pastry from the 17th century created by the Székler, a Hungarian-speaking ethnic group from Transylvania, Romania. The delicious recipe of the Chimney Cake has been preserved until this day, passed on over the centuries, whilst being adapted to differing traditions and local habits. At first it was baked after the bread over the still hot charcoals. But later the clever Székler realized that the melted caramel layer of hot, sticky sugar easily absorbs chopped walnuts, enhancing it’s taste. No matter where they are made, the Székler’s national cake, a favorite of the festive tables, continues slowly on it’s world-conquering path.

According to the traditional recipe, the special, airy yeast dough is wrapped around beechwood and covered with vanilla sugar. Baked in the oven, the Chimney Cake gets a crisp caramelised crust, but at the same time remains pleasantly airy and soft. The still hot Chimney Cake is then given different toppings: Cinnamon & sugar, hazelnut, coconut or chocolate. Chimney Cakes are offered for immediate consumption, but are also suitable for later enjoyment or as a gift.