Šakotis

This Lithuanian-Polish dessert translates to “tree cake” and you might be able to guess why. This dessert is highly labor intensive for only having 5 or 6 ingredients. Šakotis can’t be made in a typical kitchen, as it requires an open fire and long rotating rod. The batter is dripped onto the rod, spun, and slowly cooks over the open fire. The cooking time can range from one to several hours, depending on the size of the cake. It is this unique process that creates the branch-like design of the cake. The open fire creatures a unique texture of being crispy on the outside and soft and sweet on the inside. This dessert is a staple at many celebrations and weddings.