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What is the cake that I'm thinking of?

I’m not typically one for sweets, but I went to a chinese wedding recently and had the best cake EVER! Not the typical wedding cake...

It was light, not too sweet, and it basically tasted like sponge cake with fruit, light cream AND a layer of phyllo??? Does this sound familiar at all?!

It was amazing. I am wondering if anyone knows what this cake is called and if there's a recipe out there for it!

Please help!!!

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  1. not that this info will be overly helpful, but we used to order a cake that sounds a lot like this for one of my co-worker's birthdays (she was chinese). The bakery we ordered it from called it a "peach" cake.... but it was like you describe... sponge cake (baked, not steamed), mixed fruit (tending towards tropical), with a thick glaze (almost a gel) on the fruit, and whip cream. I don't recall a layer of phyllo... but it has been a few years. It is very light (tasting), fluffy and sweet.... good luck hunting.

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    1. re: withalonge

      I can't remember EXACTLY what all was in the cake at this point since I gobbled it down so quickly, but it was definitely very similar to what you described above. Your details may help me narrow down my recipe search a bit. Thank you!

    2. Sounds like a typical cake from a Chinese bakery, except for the phyllo. Where was it? between the cake and the frosting? Under the cake? Sounds intriguing.

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      1. re: Claudette

        Yes! There was phyllo as a middle layer in the cake. It wasn't very thick, and it was in conjunction with the light creme and fruit in the middle... it was the perfect combination of texture and flavors. I'm dying to try and replicate for an upcoming birthday.

        1. re: so_hungry

          Are you sure it was phyllo and not puff pastry? (The latter would hold up better on contact w/ whipped cream than the former. Both would look similar if docked and baked between hot sheetpans.)

          1. re: Claudette

            phyllo is quite common in chinese wedding cakes

      2. Does anyone know of a recipe (tried and tested!) that could make this type of cake? I was planning on trying ci's foolproof sponge cake for starters and then maybe try out chiffons or genoises.

        I notice that many sponge cakes end up with large holes. Is that expected of a sponge cake or is that the result of poor technique? The Chinese bakeries usually have a light, tight crumbed cake. The texture actually reminds of a cake mix, which I hope its not!

        1. This sounds like a typical Chinese wedding cake to me, and I am sure that you could find one (or order one) at your local Chinatown bakery (or, the closest thing to that in your area).

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          1. re: vvvindaloo

            I should add that this cake often uses a non-dairy cream, not whipped cream. Perhaps this was a factor in why it left such a distinct impression on you?

            1. re: vvvindaloo

              I've definitely heard that it is quite common in chinese bakeries, so I may need to go find one now and try to investigate all the layers in order to duplicate. I agree with the cream... it was very different!

          2. Was it a single cake or where there several small cakes? It could have been a Dragon & Phoenix cake that is tradition for Chinese families. The cake or cakes are presented to the brides family by the groom. The higher ranking the family member, and the importance of the relationship determines the quality of the cake.

            Some of the fillings that are common are lotus seed paste, red bean paste and/or green bean paste.