Samlip (삼립): Strawberry Cream Cake!

I was reluctant to buy this cake. It was big and it looked like a very dry pound cake. I also got this one from Chicago’s Hmart downtown and it’ll be my 3rd Samlip (삼립) brand cake to review.

When I first saw it, the bunny on the cover honestly reminded me of つきのうさぎ (Moon Bunny/Rabbit) or in Korean, 달토끼. The Japanese and many other countries including Korea, have an old belief that a bunny lives on the moon where it makes rice cakes by pounding rice with a pestle. So it’s not much of a coincidence that this cake is called Boreumdal (보름달: means full moon) and has a bunny with a pestle on the cover.

If you search the internet you’ll find all sorts of explanations; here’s a quick site to skim over. Either way, with the cute bunny on the packaging and the strawberry flavor, I was hooked.

Like any regular sponge cake but drier. Reminded me a little of Twinkies. The outer part of the cake felt sticky so I thought the cake was covered in honey but it isn’t (to find out why, read the ingredients section below). I also thought that the tiny bumps on top of the cake were sesame seeds but it wasn’t (read the ingredients section below to find out why). The filling inside was smooth and creamy. Since I left it in the fridge to prevent it from getting old, the filling was similar to soft served ice cream.

The cake was very mild in flavor; it was similar to any other plain buttery pound or sponge cake. The few sesame seeds on top gave it a slightly nutty taste and the honey gave it a natural sweetness. The filling tasted a lot like strawberry milk. The flavor was strong and sweet.

It cost me $2.39 plus taxes!

The cake is 3 oz (85g) and it was about 3.5 inches (8.89cm) wide in diameter. I would say it was about 2 inches (5.08cm) thick.

I thought that the seeds on the cake were sesame but it turn out there was no sesame listed on the ingredients list. It says the cake contains tree nuts so I’m going to assume that the “seeds” I saw were tree nuts. Then there’s the stickiness and sweetness of the cake that I originally thought was honey. Since honey wasn’t listed in the ingredients list, I’m not sure what the outer part of the cake was.

Would I buy it again? YES!

This is a treat I would enjoy buying again. I didn’t realize it at first but it’s on the packaging; it says to keep frozen. As I said above, I kept it in the fridge to keep the cake fresh so the filling was nice and cool. It seems that it’s supposed to be eaten that way. For me, there wasn’t enough filling, especially around the edges, but my biggest issue was that the cake is dry even with the filling. I would still recommend having a milk or coffee with it; that’s what I did.

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