Hungarian Chimney Cake Added to the List of Hungaricums

Chimney cake, one of the most unique representatives of traditional Hungarian sweets was unanimously voted to be added to the list of Hungaricums by the Hungaricum Comittee. This cake, which gained it's name from it's pipe-like look, is both a Hungarian and a székely (Sekler) symbol, and is an absolute must of any of the gastro festivals in Hungary.

One of the first known recipes of the cake, which is made of sweet yeast dough, rolled around special wooden rolls or spits and roasted over charcoal, dates back to 1784 and is recorded in the recipe book of count Mária Mikes Zabolai. Chimney cake (kürtőskalács - pronounce kurtosh kalach - in Hungarian) is one of the most important Hungarian culinary symbols in Transylvania, and from the 18th century became part of folk and civic cousine. In the 19th and 20th century it's recipe became an essential part of many popular cookbooks, and from the 20th century variations covered with sugar or ground walnut appeared.

„The delicious cake started it's world wide tour in 1990, and since then it has already gained foothold in many countries" – commented Sándor Fazekas, Hungarian Minister of Agriculture, and also added that this cake is an important symbol for both Hungarians and székely (Seklers), the latter being a subgroup of Hungarian people mostly living in Transylvania.


Due to the decision the list of Hungaricums, „noteworthy assets from Hungary, which characterise the Hungarians by their uniqueness, specialty and quality, and represent the peak performance of Hungary" has already 55 assets.