One of the main reasons I wanted to visit the Lake Bled castle was for a taste of the infamous Bled Cream Cake I had heard so much about. Oh, am I glad I did!
This delicate puff pastry layered with light vanilla cream and custard is a dessert with origins dating back to the 18th century. The cake is so celebrated that it has recently been granted with a protected designation of origin status--meaning it can only be called Bled Cream Cake if it comes from the patisseries of Lake Bled.
The lucky number seven guides the preparation of the cake. The puff pastry is folded seven times. The egg custard is cooked for seven minutes. Once assembled, baked and cooled, each cake is cut into seven-by-seven centimeter squares.
Slovenians take their cream cake very seriously. In fact, an annual festival is dedicated to this delicious confection. Try a slice on the patio of the castle or at the Park Hotel where you will find a drive-thru just for cake seekers.
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