Posted by: adeliciousmoment | January 7, 2011

Frog cakes

I have been making an effort to try various local foods, here in Australia, with a special emphasis on desserts (I have quite a sweet tooth!). One such treat is called a “frog cake” which is basically a sponge cake, with a jam center, topped with a little cream frosting, and then iced with fondant. The cake is shaped to resemble a frog, supposedly. To be honest, I think the cake just looks like an open-mouthed creature with tiny eyes, but it sure is cute, not to mention sweet and delicious.

According to Wikipedia, “The Frog cake is a dessert in the shape of a frog‘s head, composed of sponge cake and cream covered with fondant. It was created by the Balfours bakery in 1922, and soon became a popular treat in South Australia. Originally frog cakes were available exclusively in green, but later brown and pink were added to the range. Since then other variations have been developed, including seasonable varieties (such as snowmen and Easter “chicks”). The frog cake has been called ‘uniquely South Australian’,[1] and has been employed in promoting the state. In recognition of its cultural significance, in 2001 the frog cake was listed as a South Australian Heritage Icon by the National Trust of South Australia.”


Yes, the frog cake is a national treasure. That must explain why they cost double the price I would expect to pay for a cupcake. In any case, I think they are adorable, and I’m glad I tried one.

(The above photo is of the frog cake I had, before I quickly devoured it.)


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