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Ice Cream Cake: Dessert for a Korean Meal

By October 5, 2008

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Ice Cream Cake

Except for the occasional plate of fresh fruit, Koreans did not traditionally eat dessert after meals. Eating dessert has become a more popular practice among Koreans in the past couple decades, and if not everyday, at least for celebrations and birthdays. Cream cakes and tarts with fruit are especially beloved, as most Western-style cakes and desserts are too sweet for the Korean palate.

Through trial and error and more than a few uneaten frosted cakes, bakery cupcakes, and pies, I have found that Koreans of almost any age do enjoy ice cream cake for dessert. For a recent family celebration, I made this easy ice cream sandwich cake without chocolate sauce and with not-too-sweet ice cream sandwiches from a local creamery; it looks pretty when sliced and was the perfect ending to our large Korean meal.

Cake Photo Naomi Imatome 2008, licensed to About.com


October 12, 2008 at 11:37 am
(1) jinhee says:

looks delicious! and lol i agree that a lot of koreans really detest the whole notion of dessert for some reason. but they enjoy ice cream after a meal to help them digest. at our house we always buy tons of praline and rocky road ice cream if we have a party since only a few eat the cakes or pies we serve on breakfasts and holidays. (and of course we always end up eating korean food for thanksgiving anway.)

July 10, 2012 at 9:03 am
(2) maribel says:

wow,,yummy! i want to taste that kind of ice cream,,can’t find that here in the Philippines..hmmmm

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