Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cake times

Recently I had a lot of Birthdays which gave me the opportunity to let my creative side do its thing. This particular cake was the present to my dearest friend who waited for my return from Germany so we could have a 2-day Birthday extravaganza. I did the chocolate work back at LaVie because I wouldn't have an opportunity to do it here, soooo this is what I ended up with. 
I had a super moist and dense Creme Fraiche cake, raspberry buttercream and white chocolate mousse. 

Off to the next...

Here we've got something like a "snickers" themed cake; flourless chocolate cake with salted peanut and caramel topped with another layer of the flourless chocolate biscuit and finished with milk chocolate ganache. Yep, super rich and fatty but aren't those the best cakes? :) 

And one last thing, not cake related, but super amazing. If you're ever in Zagreb make sure you visit this ancient pastry shop "Jakšić"that dates back to 1936 and is famous for its traditional cakes and pastries done the old fashioned way. It is especially known for "Kremšnite" which is a fluffy vanilla cream sandwiched between crisp puff pastry that is made in house as well. This particular pastry is also well known in other central European countries and the recipe varies from place to place. 

The other thing Jakšić is known for is "Štrudel", either sweet or savory. I tried the salty pumpkin one and the sweet one with fresh cheese. Love it. This is what I consider a real pastry and when it's done properly from good ingredients...can't get better that this. 

When in Zagreb please visit "Jakšić" 
Kralja Zvonimira 30

And p.s
It doesn't look very fancy and it's not modern at all, but the people are amazing, they do wonderful pastries and are very welcoming!