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"Pastel" is a noun which is often translated as "cake", and "bizcocho" is a noun which is often translated as "sponge cake". Learn more about the difference between "pastel" and "bizcocho" below.
pastel(
pahs
-
tehl
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (culinary)
a. cake
Necesito extracto de vainilla para hacer el glaseado del pastel.I need some vanilla extract to make the icing for the cake.
b. pie
He comprado pastel de carne para la cena.I bought a meat pie for dinner.
c. pastry
Uso el horno sobre todo para hacer pasteles.I use the oven to bake pastries above all.
2. (art)
a. pastel
La mayoría de su obra es al pastel y acuarelas.Most of his work is done with pastels and watercolors.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (color)
a. pastel
El interior de la casa estaba recién pintado de azul pastel.The interior of the house was freshly painted in a pastel blue.
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bizcocho(
bees
-
koh
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choh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (culinary)
a. sponge cake
Este bizcocho de chocolate es perfectamente liviano y húmedo.This chocolate sponge cake is perfectly light and moist.
b. biscuit
Hoy desayunamos bizcochos con té verde.Today we had biscuits and green tea for breakfast.
c. sponge
Cocina el bizcocho en el microondas por 60 segundos.Cook the sponge in the microwave for 60 seconds.
d. lady finger
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Se suele usar bizcochos para hacer tiramisú.You typically use lady fingers to make tiramisu.
e. sponge finger
Me gusta mojar los bizcochos en chocolate caliente antes de comerlos.I like dipping sponge fingers in hot chocolate before eating them.
2. (culinary)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
a. cake
Preparé un bizcocho de chocolate con un glaseado de vainilla para tu cumpleaños.I made a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting for your birthday.
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