Hwajeon is a typical Korean dessert from real flower petals. This cake is usually made during the summer and eaten when picnicking or traveling. Hwajeon is a kind of rice cake that is used as a dessert or a snack. The shape resembles a pancake with a flavor tends to be sweet. The dish is quite unique because of the sprinkling of flowers on it. The most common flower used are Jindallae or azalea flowers, roses, chrysanthemums, cherry blossoms, or pear flowers.
Hwajeon Flower Cake
This beautifully decorated cake is a traditional dish that always appears in Korean spring festivals. Hwajeon has a very soft texture and melts in the mouth with the scent of fragrant flowers. The flowers used must be flowers that have a sweet taste, not poisonous, and certainly can be eaten. This cake is eaten at the time of hwajeon nori, a tradition that has been going on since the Goryeo Dynasty.
The presentation of this cake has become a tradition of heredity that is still done until now. Hwajeon is usually eaten along with Jindalee hwachae. It is a drink that is made from a mixture of water, honey, azaleas, and gukhwaju or rice wine made from azaleas. The tradition of consuming this typical dessert is called kkot darim. It means ‘making flowers’.
In the spring of the Samjinnal festival, the women go picnic and carry rice flour with a thick frying pan. They pick the azaleas there and immediately make this flower cake there. This flower cake becomes an obligation for picnics. This cake will be eaten together while enjoying the view of the mountains in the spring. Making this cake is also very easy and fast.
The ingredients that are needed are glutinous rice flour, salt, hot water, vegetable oil, azalea flowers (can be replaced with chrysanthemum or seruni), and honey. The laying of flower petals on the cake makes this cake has a distinctive visual appearance. Korean people usually eat hwajeon that is still warm with syrup or honey so it feels sweeter. We can easily find hwajeon sellers in public places or markets in South Korea.
Hwajeon is a typical Korean dessert from real flower petals. The dish is quite unique because of the sprinkling of flowers on it. The most common flower used are Jindallae or azalea flowers, roses, chrysanthemums, cherry blossoms, or pear flowers.