What is a chimney cake?

I know that you probably never heard of chimney cakes so we will try and explain a bit on what they are and why we are so passionate about them.

The origins of the Chimney Cake goes back hundreds of years with the first recording found in a manuscript from Heidelbergnd in 1450. The description mentions a strip of raised dough that has to be wound in a helix shape around a baking spit, and brushed with egg yolk before baking. The first known recipe of Kürtőskalács originates from Transylvania, included in the 1784 cookbook of Countess Mária.

The name ‘Chimney Cake’ or ‘Kurtos Kalacs’ is derived from the Hungarian words: kürt, referring to a chimney or pipe, and kalács, which means ‘milk-loaf’. This delicious pastry is also known as Kürtőskalács, Horn Cake, Stove Cake and Hungarian Twister, among many others with most nicknames referring to its unique shape which is basically an open cylinder.

Our Chimney Cakes are made fresh from a special yeast dough (raised dough), of which a strip is spun and then wrapped around a truncated cone–shaped baking spit, and rolled in granulated sugar. During the baking process the sugar stuck on the cake melts and becomes caramel and forms a golden, crispy crust on the cake. The surface of cake can then be coated with additional toppings to your own taste.

We mainly bake them to order but we may have some already baked in case you are in a rush.