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At least post a family recipe or something.
I've never been a cake fan (I'm all about the pie) but perhaps I need to go to Vienna and enjoy real cake.
Our friend from Vienna -- and we do welcome him! -- reminds us that Seattle is NOT Vienna!
We'd forgotten!!! We thought this town was filled with white horses and schnitzel!
Honestly, it is cute. Hope you enjoy Seattle. Maybe you'd like a Hostess Cupcake? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostess_Cup…
As a fellow European, I totally get what is to be hated about American cake. Exhibit A: Hostess Twinkies. The single nastiest thing to eat in America apart from corndogs.
Most American cakes are truly awful, awful things because they're made using shitty ingredients, like crisco and margarine, and taste like nothing.
If someone asks me what kind of cake I want for my birthday, the answer is obvious. Pie.
There's a worse crime being perpetrated however, have you eaten the "croissants"? The "french" bread? Where are the holes?
if you're looking for some good cake try Borrachinis Bakery on Rainier Ave
While I almost surely need to give Austria a second chance, I have to say I've been to Europe more times than I can count, and I found people in Vienna to be snobby and singularly unpleasant. It is a lovely city, the food, wine and beer were delicious, but I ultimately was left a bit cold. My loss I guess. Here's for a better introduction to your beautiful city for my second visit, whenever that may come. Until then, enjoy good seafood in lovely Seattle.
BTW, if you happen to venture down to Portland, I recommend Pix Patisserie. The influence there is French more than Viennese, and they are pretty gleeful about the ones that are too much too much, but their Amelie won a medal in France, and their Queen of Sheba cake seems like something you'd appreciate.
Nothing to see here, folks. Let's move on.
I live in West Seattle, home of the first Bakery Nouveau and I married an Austrian. As I type this, I am eating a home made yeast bun, making espresso, my location? The attic apartment at a farmhouse in Aigen, population 800ish, in the Austrian alps.
I am a zealous convert to the church of Austrian cake. And this person is exactly right. Bakery Nouveau is the only place I've eaten cake that even comes close to Austrian standards. Seattle cake IS (mostly) terrible.