Remember when "tubular" meant something good? Remember how good you felt when you heard "Tubular Bells"? No, this is not a hazy flashback. I bring that word back from a bygone era because that is what Zsoli's Chimney Cakes are. Tubular. Really.
Chimney because of their tubular shape, cake because of their cakeyness, Zsoli's Chimney Cakes are a Hungarian street treat just as you would find them as you wend your way through the streets of Budapest. They are unlike anything else here in Honolulu. The closest pleasure would be biting into a fresh, hot malasada; sugary, light, airy, crispy, chewy bite after bite. But these chimney cakes are a singular sensation. As you unwind the chimney cake, transforming it into a spiral, you taste crispy edges and moist cake here and there.
Chimney cakes come in five flavors: original, pecan, cinnamon, chocolate sprinkles and rainbow sprinkles (or do you call them jimmies? I've witnessed passionate debates over what these candy decorations are called.) I recommend getting the cinnamon along with a dipping cup of Nutella. Fresh, hot off the rack, the cinnamon with the chocolate and hazelnut - totally tubular.