What’s the difference between cakes available at your neighborhood Chinese bakery and European-style cakes? Chinese cakes come with fillings in flavors such as red bean, taro, and chestnut. And the cake layers are a bit different from what an American palate is used to, says Erika L: “They’re really soft and fluffy, more like sponge or chiffon cakes than a standard layer cake.”

Chinese cakes are much less sweet than Euro-style cakes. Chowhounds generally consider this to be a good thing. OCAnn found a simple white cake topped with whipped frosting and fruit purchased from a Chinese bakery to be light and airy, and not overly sweet. justagthing grew up on Chinese cakes; when he tried his first American cake, it was so sweet he was “kinda disgusted.”

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