122. Aarhus Cake Day

AKA the best idea ever. Take all of the top bakeries around town, put them in one room, presenting samples of their finest cakes. Give ticket holders an hour to eat as much as they want. Best $20 I ever spent! And no surprises tickets sold out in 10 minutes or something ridiculous.

I was so defeated by the end of it. Almost felt too sick to move and had the biggest sugar crash and fell asleep on the train. But it was totally worth it! So many amazing miniature cake creations…

GIANT line to get in

GIANT line to get in

Bakers at the ready

An event like this wouldn’t be complete without Danish flags

The mob arrives

Round 1

Round 2

So much marzipan-y/almond basedĀ deliciousness

Round 3

Round 4

Defeat.

95. Danish Birthday Cake

At a fellow exchange students’ wee birthday celebration not so long ago, we felt it was time to sample yet another delicious Danish Pastry tradition: the birthday ‘cake.’ It seems (or at least, the idea the bakeries are selling us), that tradition is to have a big huge decorated pastry as opposed to a cake. And a mighty fine tradition it was. A thin pastry with layers of almond paste, iced and decorated with a cute message made of marzipan. Delicious. My love for true, European marzipan is ever growing. I just don’t know how they get away with selling that sickly sweet, white, notĀ even almond-y tasting, soya bean substitute in other parts of the world. It’s a total injustice.

67. The Best Semla in Stockholm

Stockholm is famous for a most delicious tradition: between Christmas and Easter, bakeries all over town make Semla, best translated as a cream bun, although that description does them absolutely no justice. Semla are quite incomparable to anything else I have come across, which definitely makes them a necessity to try.

Like restaurants in Japan, as spring draws ever closer, bakeries will display Semla replicas in their windows and there is an annual competition to determine which bakery makes the best ones. These ‘buns’ are a sweat bread-y pastry, (seeds from vanilla pods visible in the dough), with a hole carved out of the bun which is then filled with cream and sometimes a vanilla almond paste, before the lid is replaced and it is dusted with icing sugar. They may not look like much initially, but dam do they taste good!

In my quest to eat my way across Europe, I felt it only appropriate that I track down the winning Semla. It was at a bakery called Tossebageriet in the trendy district of Ostermalm. It was quite the beautiful walk on the way there, with tree lined streets and the sun shining gloriously. The bakery had a whole collection of other amazing treats, but I had my eyes on the prize!

This particular Semla was delicious, and one of the ones filled with an amazing vanilla almond paste. I could absoltely see why this bakery was the 2012 winner and I thoroughly recommend anyone looking to experience Stockholm’s best food to try one.