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Yilan Cake Factory

Learn to make your own Taiwanese biscuits

Yilan cake factory

The Yilan Cake Factory (宜蘭餅發明館) is a popular museum and factory in Yilan, best known for producing the ‘thinnest biscuit in the world’. The 0.1 cm thick biscuits are crispy yet light in weight, and are known across Taiwan as the ‘Yilan Biscuit’. Originally created by Liu Teng-Hui, a master biscuit maker, they are hand baked on site and wrapped in exquisite packaging.

Those that want to experience making the thin Yilan cakes themselves should register for the DIY Classroom, which takes about 60 to 80 minutes. A fun time for all ages, participants are taught how to make the classic style biscuits by some amusing and highly entertaining instructors. The DIY Classroom occasionally has English, Japanese and Korean speakers to help out foreign visitors, and places can get booked up, so it’s recommended to check space beforehand. You can contact the factory via the official website (Chinese only) or ask any tourism information center to check for you. Alternatively, visitors can just turn up and register on the first floor, and join a group if there are spaces.

Yilan Cakes DIY experience
The Yilan Biscuits that we made!

There are various displays and small exhibitions that go into detail about the history of Yilan biscuits and pastries, including some rather ornate molds and utensils going back hundreds of years. There is also a booth where you can watch the expert cake producers at work, with the speed at which they roll out and thin the biscuits being super impressive. When you are done checking these out or have finished the cake making experience there is an extensively ranged gift shop, which also has plenty of free cake samples and traditional tea to try.

How to get there

Yilan Cake Factory is a short walk from Xinma Station. To get there, take a local service from Yilan (21 mins, NT$26) or Luodong (9 mins, NT$15). There are usually one or two trains an hour, and you can take Limited Express trains from these stations to/from Taipei. Alternatively, there is a parking lot outside the factory if you have a car. If it seems like too much of a mission to get here, consider the smaller Kuo Yuan Ye Museum of Cake and Pastry in Taipei instead.

Hours and fees

Open: 8:30am to 6pm

Exhibition admission: Free

DIY Classroom: NT$130

Official website: i-cake.com.tw

Written by Matthew Baxter

After writing a few books about Japan and New Zealand, I've decided to explore Taiwan and put my expertise into writing about this beautiful place. I love to travel around Taiwan!

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