I tried the sample (very nice) and sat down while they made me one to take home. The proprietor was nice enough to tell me about how they are made.
But first, the cake. Kurtos Kalacs or Chimney Cakes, are so called because they look like a stovepipe or round chimney. It is a thin cylinder of dough, soft on the inside and crunchy-sweet on the outside, rolled in cinnamon sugar or crushed pecans. It is pleasantly, but not overly, sweet. The cake breaks apart and is eaten with your hands and lots of milk, coffee, or water.
Kurtos Kalaks are from the Transylvanian region of Romania. They are street and festival food, but can be bought from bakeries also.
They are baked over a spit. I've actually had spit-roasted cake before.
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Kurtos Kalacs are very different in taste and texture. The cake is made with a yeast dough, not a batter, that is wrapped around a thick wooden cylinder in a continuous spiral or helix. The ends are tucked under to keep the dough in place, and wet sugar is brushed on the outside.
As the cake bakes, the sugar starts to caramelize. It is taken out of the oven while still sticky and rolled in a topping, traditionally crushed pecans.
You have until Saturday night, September 22nd, if you want one for yourself. The Crazy Cakes booth is by the big barbecue booth, across from the poultry barn.
This is my personal opinion, spontaneously given, and I was not compensated for it.