I love cities which have a cake as their culinary speciality. The small Slovenian town of Bled is one such city and it’s impossible to visit without seeing a huge slice of Bled Cream Cake passing by you at some point.
So what is Bled Cream Cake (known locally as Kremna Rezina)? Well, unfortunately it’s not a cake at all and is more what I would call a slice, not that unlike a vanilla slice in fact or a French mille feuille cake. It has sweet cream on top of a firm custard which is sandwiched between layers of crisp puff pastry and dusted with icing sugar. I’m sure the recipe is a closely guarded secret but it’s actually a very simple yet very tasty dessert.
Bled Cream Cake is usually eaten in the afternoon with coffee or tea. That’s exactly what we did each afternoon on our stay in Bled and although I wasn’t a huge fan of the custardy dessert when I first tried it, it definitely grew on me.
Just about every cafe in Bled sells the famous treat but my cafe of choice was at the Park Hotel (where the cream cake was created) for its amazing views of Lake Bled and Bled Castle.