Chocolate Sponge Cake is known as ‘Amandine’ in Romania. This is a very popular Romanian cake filled with either chocolate or almond cream. If you ever visit Romania, look for the “cofetarie” signs. This stands for confectionary or sweet shops and don’t worry, you won’t have a hard time finding one; Romanians love sweets and there are plenty of these shops around. They usually sell locally cooked sweets, cookies and cakes including Amandine which is a must-have in any confectionary shop. This recipe brings back sweet memories from our school days when our parents would take us to the Cofetarie - not as often as we wanted to go but usually, this was our reward for getting good grades in school .
This is not a complicated recipe, it just takes a little more time to make. I got this recipe from a great Romanian blog – Lissa’s Cakes- and just adjusted the quantity of the ingredients for my bigger baking pan. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do! [Read more...]