Friday, January 21, 2011

Pandan Cake Roll

197. This past holiday we enjoyed so many delicious desserts and sweets from friends and loved ones. The most unique was a Pandan Cake Roll.

This cake was very light, fluffy and had a unique taste, one I have never experienced before. Our friends have a Philippine heritage and we so enjoy when they share these yummy treats with us! The Pandan Roll was light green with the texture of an angel food cake. Last Christmas they treated us to an Ube Cake Roll which was purple in color, see this post.
To learn a little more about the origin of this cake I went online. I found out that the flavor for the cake comes from the leaf juice of the Pandanus amaryllifolius. Some bakers may not have this plant but will use the Pandanus extract and add green food coloring to achieve the correct taste and look.

I found quite a few recipes for a Pandan Cake Roll. This recipe at ISOHungry's Blog looked delicious.
A cup of tea and a beautiful slice of Pandan Cake Roll was a treat.

I realized that in the Philippine culture Pandan flavoring is used in other sweet treats such as Pandan flavored icepops, drinks and cookies or cakes.

"When someone asks if you'd like cake or pie,
why not say you want cake and pie?"
~Lisa Loeb

4 comments:

Mary said...

Lilly, this was a fascinating post for me. The cake looks wonderful and is so strange in appearance to Western eyes. I've had a similar cake in China and Vietnam but did not know it was also popular in the Philippines. I'm new to your blog and just wanted you to know how much I like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Shel said...

Hello from South Africa..this is truely something different...very pleasing on the eye..and I'm sure tastes good too. I loved your post on Malva Pudding...it is my eldest son's favourite and I always have one in the freezer for him.
I'm your newest follower. Thanks for visiting me and following.
Shel x

Janine said...

hi Lili, I came to see you back and I saw the banner and thought... yammie!!! That's my kind off food, hahaa, what a dellicious blog you have, and what great things you make. I can't eat much butter because off my cholesterol, but I will surch on your blog and find all that yammie I can eat, because it is so good here, hahaa. Thank you for visiting. best wishes from Janine

Linda said...

You're making me hungry. It looks delightful :)

~Linda in Illinois

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