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Weird Food: Fantakuchen

Jonathan Schofield and 'the popular German cake made with fanta'

Written by . Published on February 6th 2012.

Weird Food: Fantakuchen

SOMETIMES you just have to scratch your head. 

Emma in the office says she likes Fanta, "Because it doesn't give me a headache like coke."

You're in a restaurant and the ground's shifting treacherously under your feet and you don't know what to do because the menu contains something deeply odd.

You look at each other and ask, "Is it even legal to put that on a menu."

This happened in the Hotspot Ess Paradies German restaurant in Chorlton on Saturday.

But we're not talking roasted starling, spleen of owl, or some unspeakable part of an anteater.

We're talking the use of Fanta as an ingredient.

Yep Fanta, the original taste of E-numbers.

Emma in the office says she likes Fanta, "Because it doesn't give me a headache like coke".

We think she's referring to Coca Cola not cocaine, but either way that's a bit of a negative virtue.

In Hotspot Ess Paradies they've got a Fantakuchen as a standard pudding. This is described as 'Popular German cake made with Fanta'.

On sampling it's a very sweet pile of sweetness combined with some sweetness and some added sweetness on layers of sweetness just in case the dessert isn't sweet enough. 

Yet unbelievable as it sounds, the cake mix that the yoghurty cream with its tinned peaches sits upon, does have a Fanta tang. Or maybe a Tango fant. 

Either way there's a palpable taste of sickly orange drink present. And you know what, it makes the hugely weird £3.50 pudding taste better. Or at least different. 

The Fantakuchen could be come a cult.

There could be Fantakuchen themed parties. 

It could also make you sick.

But it is definitely weird - although Confidential hardly thinks it's a traditional German meal, since Fanta was invented at about twenty past three on 17 June, 1978, as a by-product of Toilet Duck.

And the favourite quote at the Confidential tasting of Fantakuchen?

The chef said to us, "Hey, I can add more Tango or less depending how you like it."

"To be honest mate," we said. "We hadn't thought of using it in cooking a cake."

Still it really is very weird food.

Hotspot Restaurant Ess Paradies is at 372 Barlow Moor Road,
Chorlton Cum Hardy, Manchester. M21 8AZ. 0161 881 6881.

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Tinned peaches, fork ghosts and soft drinks                          Tinned peaches, fork ghosts and soft drinks

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Joe HodgkinsonFebruary 6th 2012.

Hate to tell you this, but Fanta is at least 70 years old. Yep, it's those damn Nazi's and their soft drinks again......


SleuthFebruary 6th 2012.

It was a joke methinks...

Karl WheatFebruary 6th 2012.

Does this restaurant have a website? Can't seem to find it on Google.

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2012.

I've tried this cake before and it is very delicious. Jonathan is exaggerating about the sweetness, it is just right, there is a touch of fanta in it. You can put mineral water in food and cakes, why not fanta?

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2012.

Not sure what Jonathan is on about here. I have dined at this restaurant on a number of occasions and I'm looking forward to going again.
I spent some time in Germany when I was younger and I'm glad that there is a place to go where I can enjoy German food again. I would recommend anyone going.....not quite sure what Jonathan's problem is.....I for one am not going to take any notice.

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2012.

Personally I love this cake, If you did not like it it's up to your personal taste so do not critisize it like the way you did in your review, because it is not a light desert , it should be sweet and yes it has fanta in it, as far as I know the describtion on the menu is quite clear so why order something you dont approve of in the first place. To me your review is kind of funny.

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AnonymousFebruary 14th 2012.

I do have a name. It's Parisa Ghani by the way , I just couldn't remember my password so I decided to post my comment as anonymous.

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2012.

I eat a portion of this at ees paradise and it was lovely. Hotspot is a great new addition to chorlton and we will ve eating there again soon. Owners are very welcoming and happy to chat with you in german

AnonymousMarch 21st 2012.

You are being very silly Jonathan.This cake is amazing.Keep STUPID comments to yourself please.

Yours Sincerely,
A Very Loyal Hotspot Customer

AnonymousMarch 23rd 2012.

Hahah this is amazing.. and more amazing is the owner fighting back with his "anonymous" comments! hahaha

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