Over Chinese New Year (around late January this year),  I was introduced to a Taiwanese pastry called sun cakes.  This pastry has a maltose filling, and according to www.ifood.tv/network/suncake, they originated from Taichung, Taiwan.  However, they were  not called ‘suncakes’ until  Taiwanese bakery ‘Sunbooth‘ sold them by its name and made them popular.

Taiwanese dessert: Sun Cake


Ingredients Used and Suncake Recipe Overview

The sun cake is made of an outer pastry dough which is called a water-oil dough and is made of flour, butter, sugar and water , as well as an inner pastry dough or oil dough prepared from flour and butter. The filling is prepared with sugar, maltose, butter, salt, flour and milk . This is wrapped into the pastry, which is then pressed with the hand to make pie like shapes, which are baked in a non-stick baking trays.
From: www.ifood.tv/network/suncake 

Suncakes can be bought at most Asian grocery stores.  And from what I’ve been told, this is the authentic brand to get:

Taiwanese dessert: Sun Cake

Individually wrapped sun cakes allow them to last quite a long time.

Taiwanese dessert: Sun Cake

So how do they taste?  Well first of all, they are super flaky!

Taiwanese dessert: Sun Cake

…it gets everywhere!!

Taiwanese dessert: Sun Cake

The pastry itself is on the dryer side, as it seems to lack enough oil or butter often found in other similar Chinese pastries such as the ‘wife cake’ (winter melon filling).

Taiwanese dessert: Sun Cake

The sun cake’s maltose filling is lightly sweet, and sets a mild tone to this dessert.

Taiwanese dessert: Sun Cake

Hungry Cactus’ Verdict: B

I’m glad to have tried this Taiwanese maltose dessert.  Even though the sun cakes were a tad dry, they make for a great dessert when paired with a hot cup of green tea! =)  Maltose yumminess!!!

Categories: food


Shawn Handran · March 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I love sun cakes, of course the best ones are those made in Taichung!

Ethan Chan · March 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Shawn, you’re SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ASIAN!!!! You and Debra need to hook me up with more Asian goodies!

April · May 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Where can I get some sun cakes??? I’m in Arizona and nowhere sells them. I tried looking online, but no real luck. 🙁

    Ethan · May 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I got mine at the Asian grocery store here in California.

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