Crystal cake

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A stand of crystal cakes.

Crystal Cake (Chinese: 水晶饼; pinyin: Shuǐjīng bǐng) is one of the traditional desserts in Weinan city of eastern Shaanxi, China. It has more than 800 years of history. Crystal cake was first invented in Xiagui during the Song Dynasty, then it spread far and wide.[1] People named it as Crystal Cake, because its filling shines brightly, and its appearance is glittering and translucent, like a crystal.

The crust is made with wheat flour, starch and oil, the filling is a mixture of granulated sugar, lard, and pounded rock candy, candied fruits and nuts.[1]

In southern China, small pastries with a translucent crust made with wheat starch as a main component, and filled with sweet bean paste, are also called "crystal cake".[2]

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  1. ^ a b (in Chinese) 渭南水晶饼 Crystal Cake of Weinan City
  2. ^ Southern crystal cake recipe


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