Making a tasty, perfectly spongey and flavorful cake is no easy feat. Although the recipe can seem simple enough, measurements for the ingredients and knowing how to bake well can make or break your result. By all means, keep working at your baking skills, but it’s also helpful to know where to find the best cakes, including traditional Spanish cake called bizcocho, when you need to satisfy your craving. Dessert aficionados tend to know the scene, and are familiar with which shops are worth your time and which you can pass on. In Barcelona, desserts have become as much a trend as they are a snack, with shops featuring beautiful cupcakes and tiny desserts decorated with colorful edible decor that make their flavor even better and provide a great photo opportunity. Today in this article from ShBarcelona, we’ll be talking about the best bizcochos in Barcelona and where to find them.
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Beautiful on the outside, delicious on the inside
The ingredients for a good bizcocho or other type of cake can vary, but the majority of the time they will include sugar, yeast, salt, flour and either oil or butter. There are also varieties that require yogurt or milk, and ones whose ingredients can mix with cocoa, carrot, liquor or dried fruit. You can enjoy it with or without frosting or with different fillings once it is baked in the oven. Some pastry chefs are capable of creating beautiful desserts that are delicious as well as aesthetically pleasing, which require a level of mastery and technique. The possibilities for flavors and frostings are practically endless, and limited only by the imagination of the chef. While this is not the dish to make if you want something low in calories, you can make a healthier version by swapping out ingredients like sugar with other natural sweeteners, or a typical refined flour for an integral whole wheat flour. You can also take out the butter and substitute it for other ingredients with less salt and fat.
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In Barcelona there are a number of bakeries and pastry shops that specialize in Spanish bizcochos, cakes and pies, but there are a few in particular that we want to highlight. Firstly, there is Strada Bakery, a pastry shop that offers a variety of bizcochos and other desserts in the Ciudad Condal. Here, they create and decorate fresh cakes and desserts in-house daily, with high-quality and 100% natural ingredients. You can find it at Provença 158, in the heart of the Eixample district. We promise that if you are close by, you won’t be able to resist trying one of their creations (those on a diet, proceed with caution). Another option is Juice House, a catering business with a physical location in Barcelona located at Parlament 12, close to the city center. This business takes care of all the details to make your catered event an amazing experience, with the philosophy that dishes shouldn’t just taste good, they should look it too. Here, you will find delicious pies such as strawberry and basil, lime and avocado and chocolate, as well as muffins with flavors such as decadent carrot. Lastly, we want to talk about Orion Café, located at Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes, 511. Here, you can find so many types pies and cakes you’ll forget that you can’t just take one of everything. A little earthly pleasure to make your day a little better.
*Main photo by Akane86 via VisualHunt
Do you know of other bakeries or pastry shops that specialize in bizcochos? Leave us your suggestions in the comments!