It was a rainy, dreary afternoon when my two kids and I set
sail for Chimney Cake Island, the perfect
kind of day to indulge in fresh, hot, sweet cakes
with a calming cup of tea.
This small, specialized bakery is a newcomer to Chicago's
Edgewater neighborhood and is run by a husband and wife team that
you'll usually find manning the rotisserie style ovens, baking
their eponymous cakes, a Romanian speciality by way of
Chimney Cakes are made of sweet, coffeecake-like dough that is
wrapped around a pole and rotisserie roasted, resulting in a thin,
swirled cake: crispy and coated with goodies (your choice of
chocolate sprinkles, glazed, cinnamon sugar, nuts, coconut, and
more) on the outside; yeasty and soft on the inside. It's
essentially a chimney shaped donut.
My 10-year-old son slowly savored and unpeeled the swirls of his
cinnamon sugar Chimney Cake, while my daughter chomped on a swirl
of her own. Both kids got a kick out of the odd shape.
My son, who has a high sweets-capacity, ate a chimney cake in
its entirety (and so did I!) though they could potentially serve
two (each is $4.99). In addition to a selection of teas,
coffee, hot cocoa, juice and milk boxes are available as well.
Chimney Cake Island, 1445 West Devon
Ave., (773) 875-8035
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
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