Monday Dreaming/Wanderfood Wednesday: Viennese Cakes


Two years ago, we were celebrating Christmas in Germany and Austria.  While we were in Vienna, Austria, we ate the oh so famous cakes everywhere we went.  Cafe Demel was one of our favorite places to visit and was worth the wait that we had to make our purchases. 

This past weekend, we had a little bonus visit with my sister, niece, and nephew.  We knew they were coming in town for a wedding so my mom planned our big Thanksgiving dinner for the day we were spending together.  After we were finished stuffing ourselves with turkey, sweet potatoes, and all that other Thanksgiving goodness, it was time for dessert.  My sister surprised me with my very own Esterhazytorte! 


When I took that first bite, I was quickly transported back to that small restaurant whose name I can’t remember now where my husband and I sat in a dark corner indulging in cakes and wines.  We had left the kids with my dad and stepmom and enjoyed a few hours out on our own.  After trying several slices of cake, we decided that our favorite was Esterhazytorte.

My sister has been perfecting her baking skills.  I think that she has a very bright future of cake and pastry making!  What do you think?

Here is my Esterhazytorte from Vienna:

Esterhazytorte is the black and white cake.

Esterhazytorte is the black and white cake.


Here is the Esterhazytorte that Marissa made for me:


Pretty darn close, don’t you think?  And it was delicious!  She did a beautiful job replicating a cake that she has never even tasted.

I am dreaming of that trip to Vienna two years ago.  I am dreaming of other moments like this…moments where we can relive trips that we take and the impact that they made on us…impacts as minor as Viennese cakes and as major as a sister who saved an email with a link to a recipe that you jokingly sent her asking if she could ever make one and that same sister that spent all day (and it actually took all day long) trying to replicate that Viennese cake that you loved so much on a trip that occurred two years ago. 

Stop by Mother of All Tripsto see what everyone else is dreaming about today during Mondays are for Dreaming.  Mara is dreaming about one of my favorite places-the Biltmore Estate!  Also, please visit Wanderfood Wednesday over at Wanderlust and Lipstick.

If you have a moment, stop by our craft blog, Threaded Together, where Marissashares many of her cake decorating strategies.  She also shares them on her Facebook Page, Decorated Decadance.


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    I love re-living travel memories through cooking! I bought a spanish cookbook after our three weeks spent there, and every once in a while when I’m feeling nostalgic, I make something from it. (What I make doesn’t look nearly as heavenly as that cake though!) Nothing like a sisterly love. Beautiful!

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    Lovely. Please tell your sister how impressed I am! And also that she is welcome to visit me *any* time. I think now that you’ve met me you understand my feeling about cake. Although for some reason it’s ice cream that seems to evoke travel memories for me.

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    What a great job! I went to the Threaded Together site and checked out the cakes by Marissa…she is awesome! Love the pregger and watermelon cakes — so cute!!!

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    the pastries look absolutely delicious

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    What a nice sister you have! (You know, that cake looks a bit the NOLA doberge cake . . . makes me wonder.)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    And now I’m hungry! I left you some love on my blog. Go check it out when you have a chance!

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