26. Balcarce at Buenos Aires Bakery & Cafe

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26. Balcarce at Buenos Aires Bakery & Cafe

26. Balcarce at Buenos Aires Bakery & Cafe

Balcarce is a traditional torta from Balcarce, a district in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The cake, which I normally refer to as the "thousand layer cake" boasts layer after layer of sweet surprises. I was terribly skeptical the first time I tried it. Since then, I've been hooked.

I've seen many variations of the cake, but all of them have the same staples: yellow cake, whipped cream, and meringue. You can buy all kinds of sizes, ranging from $15 to $33, or a slice for about three bucks. Buenos Aires Bakery puts a different spin on this South American masterpiece of confection.

Other Balcarces have layers of dulce de leche, and "heavier" sweets. BA Bakery's Balcarce, though, is almost "Miami-ized." It's lighter and better adapted to our tropical climate. Bite in and you taste light layers of strawberry (with whole pieces!), layers of whipped cream, then layers of peaches, then more whipped cream, then yellow cake. It's sweet, without going overboard. And the best part is the crunchy meringue sprinkled on top. It's the kind of cake that you can bring to any kind of celebration, be it a birthday, or a baby shower. It's homey, and approachable, and it makes you feel all warm and tingly inside.

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