If your New Year's resolution was to consume as indulgently as possible, House of Chimney Cakes in Anaheim, California has you covered. Not only does the innovative little bakery churn out ice cream in flavors like matcha and Dole Whip, but heaping servings of the stuff are scooped into enormous chimney cake cones (a traditional Hungarian pastry that falls somewhere between a churro and a donut). “When I was little I baked chimney cakes with my grandmother” says House of Chimney Cakes owner Szandra Szabo. “They come from my hometown -- from Hungary.”
To create each sweet bread delicacy, Szabo and her team roll out a house-made dough (the recipe is, of course, a secret) before coating the stuff in oil and cane sugar. The dough is then wrapped around a wooden stick, and set in the oven. When the pastries are fully cooked, the dowels are removed, and steam rises from inside the cakes like chimney stacks -- hence the nomenclature. “It’s crispy on the outside, but soft like a donut,” Szabo explains.