Betty from Chesterfield, VA
Editor's Note: I believe the recipe Betty is referring to is below in the feedback forum.
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By hyung soon kim (Guest Post)05/19/2008
Koreans enjoy all kinds of baked goods. We love them! The most traditional are rice cakes (tteok) filled with red beans and coated in mugwort and other things.. Regarding cakes, in almost every grocery store in Korea there is a bakery section. They sell buns filled with cream, red bean, peanut butter cream, custard cream, donut twists (very Korean), they also sell sponge cakes, and a variety of savory croquettes filled with salad (mayo, eggs, lettuce, cucumber, etc.), hot dogs, and vegetables. They always have cakes around. The most popular are sponge cakes which are made with a thick layer of sponge cake with a thin layer of butter cream rolled up to make a roll? These are flavoured with mocha and sometimes are just plain. Sponge cake is probably the most Korean cake you'll find. Just make it look pretty with some cream icing (put some pretty colour dye in the icing) and some fruits cut up nicely and some whipped cream. Another thing Koreans love is the opera cake with thin layers of coffee buttercream, almond sponge cake, and chocolate glaze. These are all very complicated to make. I suggest you go to a Korean bakery and buy one or if not give it a try!
By Fran Richard (Guest Post)05/10/2008
Can someone transfer the measurements for this Korean Birthday cake recipe int American measurements for baking - i.e. cups, tsp. tbl. Thanks, Fran
By (Guest Post)03/11/2008
A Google search for Korean Sweets even has some YouTube results for making sweets, but i sure like that CAKE!
By joan pecsek 03/11/2008
I think the Korean birthday cake is the same as the Japanese Christmas cake: a sponge cake, not too sweet, with whipped cream and fruits. Check out: japanesefood.about.com Put "Christmas cake" in the search. There is a recipe there with American measurements. If you put "Japanese Christmas cake" in your browser you will get many possibilities, including one made from a cake mix.
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Does anyone know any good Korean (and if not Asian) recipes for birthday cakes? Me and my friends are having a surprise 12th birthday party for our korean friend, she moved here from korea about a year ago.
Haley from Ohio
The traditional Chinese birthday sweet is something called 8-jeweled rice, which is a big mound of steamed sticky rice, mixed with sugar and various dried fruits (i.e,., the "jewels").
Oh, and just FYI, "mandarin" oranges are unknown in China. :-) Good luck! (02/01/2005)
By David Lee
But if you want, here's another one I found (it's from radicalchar at the soompi forums):
Ssaeng Cream Cake!
1. Prepare by putting a peice of paper on the bottom of the pans.
2. Separate egg whites from yolk (Be very careful not to mix the two together, this is a crucial step)
3. Mix sugar A with yolks. Beat eggs until the liquid drips from the egg beater with fair viscocity (slight thickness).
4. Add vanilla extract and mix.
5. Beat the egg whites until they are 60 percent foamy (Um..meringue?). Divide Sugar B into 3 sections, and add each section at intervals while mixing.
6. put in 1/2 of the meringue mixture into the yolk mixture and mix. Put flour into a sift and shake into the mixture and mix.
7. Soften butter at around 50c-60c temperature and mix into the rest of the batter. Also put in milk and mix into batter.
8. Mix in the rest of the meringue and we're ready to bake!
9. Bake at 170c temperature for 25 minutes.
10. Put the cakes in the refrigerator to cool.
Adding decorations and icing:
1. Take cake out of refrigerator and cut out the cake. Cut out the outer skin (Brown parts) and brush on syrup (sugar water + lemon juice) thinly over the surface of the whole cake.
2. Cover the cake with whip cream or butter cream in between the two cakes and on top of the cakes. Use canned fruit cocktail to decorate the cake the way you wish.
3. Cover the circum. of the cake with more cream and the top.
4. Create little sections on the cake to put more fruit.
5. Arrange fruits on top (kiwi, strawberry, pineapple, cherries, tangerines)
Making the cream (There are two types of cream you can choose from):
Butter Cream Ingredients:
Making the butter cream itself (you can make it or buy it):
1. Mix eggs and Sugar A together heated at 70c temperature (mix well).
2. Mix Sugar B, Water, Corn Syrup and boil at 115c temperature. (not together with mixture 1)
3. Mix mixture 1 and mixture 2 together in this heated state.
4. Chill butter until it is 23c temperature and mix in small amounts at a time to the mixture.
5. Mix in wine (or grapejuice or just leave it alone?)
Second Cream Ingredients:
Making the Cream itself (make it or buy it):
1. Mix whipping cream in a bowl.
2. Mix till whip cream is 50 percent bigger/smaller? not sure, uh just mix well. I didn't understand this step very well. Then mix in sugar and wine/rum.
3. Put in chilled water
4. For strawberry cream just add strawberry syrup instead of wine.
By Yoo Ri