50 years, 50 cakes

(photo www.eu50.eu Belgium matte cake)

For those living in Brussels, even more for us, working in the EU institutions, EU50 correctly means and stands for the 50 year celebration since the signature of the Treaty of Rome (1957). For foodies, EU50 can also mean different cakes from the different EU member states.An idea launched in Brussels (honestly, where else?), the EU50 cakes from A to Z asked ‘member states’ (I wonder who exactly in member states?) to submit national cake recipes. A list of 55 cakes was put together, recipes, photos and all.What I am interested in, depending on the EU country you are from, is the cake of choice representative of your country? On the Belgian side I agree with the waffles and the matte cakes, but the doughnuts (?!). Not so sure about this choice.

Then again, I am not Belgian. But I would love to hear what you think of the cake suggestion for your own country. Or better yet: do you have a representative cake recipe to share? One you have baked already perhaps? I think who better to establish a recipe list of 50 cakes from the EU than food bloggers themselves.

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  • Nico

    I should say that the ‘doughnuts’ *are* pretty typical. As a kid, we used to have them all the time when the ‘kermis’ was in town. They are traditional ‘kermis’ (fair) food, but I think ‘doughnuts’ are a very bad name. We call them ‘smoutebollen’. I think the Dutch call them ‘oliebollen’. So it’s more like a Belgo-Holland tradition than exclusively Belgian.

  • Mitsuko

    Yeah! Smottebollen, typical fair food! In French, we call them croustillons. And believe me, they have nothing to do with doughnuts… 🙂

  • thepassionatecook

    the two cakes chosen for austria are definitely the best known and the easiest to make. but what on earth compelled them to call them flans? they must be familiar with the spanish flan surely which is the exact opposite of those dry cakes? what ever is wrong with the word torte?