Suncake (Taiwan)

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For The dessert from Beijing, see Suncake (Beijing).
Suncake
Taichung Sun Cake.JPG
Type Pancake
Course Dessert
Place of origin Taiwan
Creator Lin family
Main ingredients Maltose
Food energy
(per serving)
460 kcal (1926 kJ)
Cookbook:Suncake  Suncake
Suncake
Traditional Chinese 太陽餅
Simplified Chinese 太阳饼

A suncake (traditional Chinese: 太陽餅; simplified Chinese: 太阳饼; pinyin: tàiyáng bĭng) is a popular Taiwanese dessert originally from the city of Taichung in Taiwan. The typical fillings consist of maltose (condensed malt sugar), and they are usually sold in special gift boxes as souvenirs for visitors. Some famous suncake pastry shops always have long lines of people waiting to buy boxed suncakes.

The shape of suncakes is round, of varied sizes. They are characterized by Flaky crusts. Most people eat them with Chinese tea, and some people dissolve them in hot water to make a porridge-like dessert.

Origin of the suncake[edit]

The first suncakes were made by the Lin family in the She-Ko area of Shengang Township, Taichung County (now part of Taichung City). The Lin family used condensed malt sugar as a filling for cake pastries. Later on, pastry maker Wei Qing-hai modified the cakes to their current form.[1]

Though not originally called "suncakes", they were given the name by the owner of "Sun Booth",[2] one of the most famous pastry shops that sells them. The name was not trademarked, and other pastry shops used the same name for their own suncakes.

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