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Kuchen (), the German word for cake, is used in other languages as the name for several different types of sweet desserts, pastries, and gateaux. The term itself may cover as many distinct desserts as its English counterpart “cake”. Kuchen desserts are presumably handed down from people of German heritage and as such are often popular in many areas of German settlement in the United States, particularly Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kentucky, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Kuchen was introduced into Chilean cuisine when German immigrants settled southern Chile in the 1850s. Kuchen in Chile usually have fruits, such as apples, strawberries or murtas. Nontraditional Chilean kuchen with walnuts are sometimes offered. Now kuchen are found in many Chilean bakeries and in many of the larger supermarkets. In Brazil, it is called “cuca”, or less commonly, “cuque” and can be found in areas of German settlement, like Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná and Santa Catarina states.