“ Brand: Delicato / Type: Cake „
I was first introduced to these delicious small cakes whilst visiting Stockholm. We were visiting the Old Town -Gamla Stan and my husband took me along to the square to visit Sundberg's Konditori for fika. It may well be worth mentioning that fika is a Swedish tradition of cake and coffee break which takes place daily. This was a lovely little coffee shop in the heart of the old town. I took a seat outside and informed my then partner, now husband to surprise me. Of course, I wasn't too surprised to receive a cup of coffee, however, I was quite intrigued to see what kind of cake he would have chosen for me. Due to my love of all things iced, he decided to go for the Mazarin cake. From that moment I was hooked. *The cake itself* The cake has a soft & crumbly pastry on the outside and to me, the only way to explain what the centre of the cake tastes like is Bakewell tart. My favourite part of this cake is the white icing that tops the cake. The pastry and filling are so light that it doesn't lie heavy on your tummy and it is not too sweet either. The downside to both of these attributes is that the cake can easily leave you wanting more! According to the Delicato packaging their description of the Mazarin is 'The real, classic Mazarin is characterized by an oval shaped patty of rich crust. It is filled with almond paste and topped with icing. It is most certainly a truly delicious cake! I have found many recipes for Mazarin cakes online, however, I have never yet mastered how to make the pastry so soft, crumbly and buttery as the Delicato range and my filling is never anywhere near as good. In Sweden, a number of brands are available yet here in the UK, the only variety that I have seen is the Delicato brand which is sold in Ikea. Sadly at 500kcal per cake and 30g of fat, they are not the healthiest of snacks but it is an extremely tasty snack to fika with. *Value for money and where to buy* As mentioned above, the place to purchase these cakes for the best prices in the UK is Ikea. They are available in the restaurant individually or as a pack of four in the Ikea food shop which is usually located just after the checkouts and next to the hot dog stand. I would definitely recommend the purchase of these cakes as they are by far the nicest food to come out of Sweden in my own personal opinion of course. If you have a sweet tooth, try these out, I doubt that you will be disappointed.
The real, classic Mazarin is characterized by an oval shaped patty of rich crust. It is filled with almondpaste and topped with icing.