Cakes and Pies, Oh My…
Earlier this month on the Need Help Finding Bakery Owners – Shan’s Bakery, we touched upon – in the comments – how Chantilly cake was a Hawaii thing. I quoted Wikipedia’s definition:
The Chantilly cake is a delicacy in Hawaiʻi, dating back to the 1950s. Usually, Chantilly cakes are chocolate cakes with a Chantilly frosting, which is essentially the coconut frosting from a German chocolate cake without the coconut. This is in contrast to the typical usage of creme Chantilly, which refers to sweetened whipped cream.
I commented that it’s odd that we – living in Hawaii – would remove coconut instead of adding it.
But MLC reader and commenter ~ Lori ~ emailed me with her 6-part tutorial on how to make Chantilly cake. Check out out here: http://www.guavarose.com/series/hawaiian-chantilly-cake/
And if you do give it a shot, I’d be glad to taste-test a slice for you.
Just yesterday, daughter #2 and I were talking about how I didn’t get a cake for my birthday this year and that I should get one now. But I said that I didn’t want just any old cake. I wanted an old fashioned orange chiffon cake. The square kine with the orange marmalade type topping. Like the kine that Bakery Kapiolani used to have.
Then I remembered that I posted a picture of one a little while ago.
It was from either Deluxe Pastry Shop or Kaneohe Bakery. I think it’s about time to make a trip out to the Windward side.
I remember when I was working in Kapahulu, someone brought in a pumpkin/custard pie from Bea’s Bakery in Kaimuki. It was the first time that I had ever seen a pumpkin/custard pie. I was amazed at the layer of pumpkin on the bottom and the layer of custard on top of it. Unlike other places where it’s swirled together, this pie had layers! Needless to say, I was a big fan of this new-found dessert.
So one Thanksgiving day, I decided to run down to Bea’s Bakery to pick up a couple of these delicious pies. But I thought I’d head down earlier in the day – say, around 9:00AM – in case they were going to sell out. So I pass by and see that they’re open and there’s no line! Perfect, I thought. I walk in there and ask for a couple of their special pumpkin/custard pies. They ask me for my name and ask when I called in my order. Called in my order? No, I’m just walking in. Then they said that they only have phone orders left. Shucks! Maybe I should’ve went earlier. Folks later told me that if I wanted pies from Bea’s Bakery on Thanksgiving Day, I need to be in line like at 5:00AM. Ha! Too late now as Bea’s Bakery is just an MLC memory.
Remember the frozen coffee cake you could by in the grocery store? It was the Dutch Girl brand that Granny Goose used to hawk on TV and radio. It came in the tin tray with the waxy thin cardboard cover – with the most scrumptious picture on it. It had that butter topping that dripped down the side, with some chopped nuts on top. It was ono when eaten still little bit cold. I’m sure if I drank coffee way back then, it would’ve been perfect.
One more. Who remembers this what this place was famous for?
Yup, Honey Castilla cake from Bunmeido.
I remember the first time my mom busted out this gem. I thought, “Oooh, pound cake”. But when I started munching on it, I knew that this wasn’t any ordinary pound cake. There was something very special about this cake. It had so much taste. Then every so often I used to buy a slab of this delicacy to savor the delicious flavors. And because it was so rich, it didn’t take too many slices to be satisfied.
But alas, my lactose intolerance caused me to stop enjoying Castella cake. I understand that the Bunmeido bakery is no longer in existence. Does anyone know where I can get my hands on some Castella cake? (Lactaid to the rescue).
What are your favorite cakes or pies? What are some cake or pie desserts that you remember from small kid time? Are they still available today? Do you know of some hole-in-the-wall bakeries with special pies or cakes? Share your secrets with us!
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