Lake Bled Cream Cake - Tuesday FoodDay

You have to go to anyplace that has "the original" - it's one of the rules of travel. (Click to see larger)Without further ado, I would like to present my newest idea:  Tuesday FoodDay!  Yes, this rhymes.  At least, it rhymes in my head.  Since I have to eat, and I experience interesting food a lot, I’ve decided I should dedicate some time to talking about it.  Tuesday seems to be the perfect day of the week because it’s a time when I’m typically too lazy to write anything.  How many people do you know that are as honest as I am?

I’ll try to tell you about something that I’ve recently eaten (and hopefully enjoyed).  If it’s a store bought product, I’ll tell you where to get it.  If it’s a homemade dish (or could be made at home), I’ll try to give you a recipe.  Let’s see how it goes!

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A picture of me. Call me modest, but I don't think I have enough of these. (click to see larger)First, the Lake Bled Cream Cake from – you guessed it – Lake Bled, Slovenia.  Bled is a fairly small town, but it’s very well-known.  One of the most famous attractions there is the Park Hotel, which is the original home of this dessert.

It was created in 1953 by a man named Ištvan Lukačević, who had moved to Bled from a Serbian province.  From his homeland, he brought a traditional recipe for a cake called “Vojvodina”.  Fortunately for us, he was an outside-of-the-box thinker and switched it up a bit.  It’s basically made of some pastry, egg-based cream, and whipped cream.  His biggest change was to cut down on the egg-based cream in favor of the whipped, which made it much more light and fluffy.

What you've all been waiting for, the cake itself! (click to see larger, unfortunately you can't take a bite)Needless to say, it was a hit.  In 2002, this hotel hit the mark of selling 8,000,000 of them.  Let’s be honest, you can’t sell 8 million cakes in 50 years if they suck.  That statistic speaks for itself.

Plus, the draw isn’t in the restaurant.  It’s in a very nice spot with an extraordinary view, but it feels old and tacky.  It reminds me of a home where you stick old people – not something most restaurants shoot for.

You know you want to try one, just go do it! This sign will be on the door, that's how you'll be sure you're in the right place. (click to see larger)The cake, however, is delicious.  I was very lucky to be there with my parents because my mom wasn’t very hungry.  She only wanted about half of hers, and gave the rest to me.  I love my mom.  She’s going to get something very nice for Christmas.  Maybe it will be a Bled Cream Cake, I bet she’d let me eat some of it…

 

Slovenian Word of the Day:

Blejske Kremne Rezine

I don’t know how to pronounce it, but this is the local name for the cake.  The Park Hotel in Bled serves the “original”, but never hesitate to order this if you see it on a different menu.