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.
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