Confession: I am really, really terrible at baking. I blame it on the fact that in Asia, most kitchens aren’t equipped with ovens. The first time I used an oven was after I moved to the US, since my college dorm room had an oven. I happily tried to bake banana bread for my boyfriend. I successfully ended up with a nice little banana brick.
Despite the lack of ovens in most Asian kitchens, there’s something I’ve realized: Chinese fruit cakes are effing uhh-mazing. I admit the decoration is usually a little on the fobby side, but it’s the only kind of cake I like (I’m not a big cake fan). It’s so soft, light, not too sweet, and topped with fresh fruit. Drool.
If you haven’t tried a Chinese fruit cake yet, Yelp “Chinese cake bakery” in your local neighborhood. You’ll thank me later!