If you’ve been in Ljubljana for any length of time you may have already seen the ‘Torta Ljubljana’ presented in many cafes. With its rich, outer coating of dark chocolate, pumpkin seed decorated edge and dragon emblem on each slice, it’s certainly an eye catcher.
But what’s the story of this sumptuous cake? Well, back in 2012 esteemed ethnologist Dr. Janez Bogataj was asked to oversee the development of a new recipe. The task was to create a cake that would suitably represent Slovenia. Now Slovenia may be small but it has much to offer in terms of flavours, all of which needed to complement one another. So what’s in it?
In every spoonful you’ll taste organic buckwheat flour which represents the Gorenjska region, figs from the Adriatic region give the cake its delicious sweetness, along with traditionally harvested honey. The Pannonian region is represented by pumpkin seeds which are also used to decorate the outer edge. A rich chestnut filling and generous topping of honey-sweetened chocolate finish off this superb cake. All ingredients are of the highest quality and no artificial sweeteners or additives are guaranteed. You’ll find the cake at numerous places around the city, but one of our favourite spots is the Grand Cafe Ljubljana, where you can enjoy your slice whilst gazing up at the magnificent castle.