Taste of Europe: Bled’s Kremna Rezina or a Cream Cake

5 Jun

No matter which part of the world you visit one of the most important elements of that visit is sampling the local food and cuisine. So much so that it warrants in-depth research and also a significant allocation from the travel budget. For me though, more than the food, its coffee and deserts. I have a major sweet tooth and no travel research is complete without a thorough analysis of the local deserts and a short list of “must haves” from the local ‘specialty stores’.

Bled Cream Cake at Hotel Park. Pic courtesy - Hotel Park website

Bled Cream Cake at Hotel Park. Pic courtesy – Hotel Park website

While researching for our trip to Bled we came across several articles that spoke about the famous Bled cream cake. The pictures looked intriguing and inviting (as deserts always do) and so the moment we reached Bled we sat in the first café we saw and ordered this famous cake. However the desert that came to our table didn’t resemble the famous photographs that we had seen all over the internet. Baffled we asked the café owner who then cleared our confusion.

Our cream cake in a local cafe at Bled, Slovenia

Our cream cake in a local cafe at Bled, Slovenia

A cremeschnitte or a cream cake (in Slovenia also called a Kremna rezina – means ‘cream slice’) is a local desert popular in several central-European countries with many regional variations. The desert is actually quite simple – it has layers of flaky pastry, custard and cream topped with more pastry and icing sugar. In Bled this cake recipe was introduced (and is patented) by the local Hotel Park . This cake was invented by chef Ištvan Lukačević, who moved to the Park Hotel in Bled in the 1940s from Serbia to become the pastry chef. Lukačević used a traditional recipe from his native region of Vojvodina and reinvented the dish by substituting half of the custard with whipped cream. Hence the pictures of the cake that we see online are that of the original cake invented by chef Ištvan and still served at the Hotel Park. But most local cafes serve their own version or variations of this dish.

Our cream cake in a cafe near the Škocjan Caves, Slovenia

Our cream cake in a cafe near the Škocjan Caves, Slovenia

Since we had ordered it anyways we decided to give this cake a try and with just one bite fell in love with the amazing desert. Subsequently we also tried this cake in the coffee shop of near Škocjan Caves. I felt that the sheer brilliance of this dish is actually its simplicity – three simple ingredients combined in just the right proportion and layers to create a masterpiece. In taste it was similar to a vanilla slice but much lighter and creamier and so much more delicious. Also it was just the right amount of sweet and a definite must have on your next trip to Slovenia. Though we missed eating this dish in the original Hotel Park we loved the local version we ate at the small cafés and look forward to enjoying the original on our next trip to Bled 🙂

If you are interested to know how one of these is made then you can take a guided tour of the Hotel Park’s patisserie too.

17 Responses to “Taste of Europe: Bled’s Kremna Rezina or a Cream Cake”

  1. lavanya2198 June 5, 2015 at 22:02 #

    Dats how frankly awesome a real foodie is..♥ I wud follow u a hundred times if I could..!! ♥ awesome


  2. lavanya2198 June 5, 2015 at 22:04 #

    A real foodie is soo frankly beautiful..!! Id follow u a hundred times if I could..!!♥awesome♥


  3. glimpseoflives June 5, 2015 at 22:54 #

    I couldn’t agree more. Food is always number one on my list when traveling and the fact that I’m a vegetarian I learn to speak food very quickly upon touching down.


    • getsetandgo June 30, 2015 at 18:24 #

      Hello fellow vegetarian traveler….. I know exactly what you mean…. Though for me more than food, it’s coffee shops and coffee 😀


  4. Juliana Lightle June 5, 2015 at 23:21 #

    What happens to people who generally do not eat sweet stuff. I admit it looks yummy and might be ok with coffee.


    • getsetandgo June 30, 2015 at 18:26 #

      Its super tasty and a definite must try when you are in Slovenia… It’s not that sweet either….


  5. Marie Rogers June 6, 2015 at 19:57 #

    You have inspired me. Although I like sweet things, I try to be “good,” but now when I travel I will definitely seek out the local deserts.


    • getsetandgo June 30, 2015 at 18:26 #

      Thanks and this is an extremely sweet benefit of travel 😀


  6. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) June 10, 2015 at 20:30 #

    I saw this when I was in Bled, but I did not try it because I REALLY don’t like custard. Usually I love trying local desserts though, and one of my favourite things to do when travelling is visiting supermarkets, because I love seeing the range of biscuits and sweets on offer. Just like when I go back to America, and I find myself in awe of the variety; I’ve gotten so used to British supermarkets.


    • getsetandgo June 30, 2015 at 18:39 #

      Hey Jessica… That’s a great idea… I visit the coffee shops but never thought of visiting super markets for biscuits and other local baked items… Will try this on my next holiday 😀


  7. restlessjo June 17, 2015 at 23:25 #

    Who needs the travelling? Bring on the cake! 🙂 🙂


  8. Robert Vincent Peace June 22, 2015 at 18:34 #

    You really inspired me. Now I’m thinking about Europe and Europe’s delicious food. Thanks for sharing this post.


  9. Manthan Bhansali July 17, 2015 at 11:17 #

    Thank you for sharing this delectable delight! After reading this article and getting the imaginary taste in my mouth, I’m not forgetting to hop on to the Rezina’s plate during my upcoming Europe trip. This is what I call ‘embracing the detours’.


  10. Priyanka July 25, 2015 at 01:11 #

    It is vegetarian or what? Everything contains egg here. From hot schokolade to bread. Berlin.


    • getsetandgo July 25, 2015 at 14:28 #

      The hard bread is eggless is EU… We ask and visit the vegan shops a lot too 🙂


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