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Life is Sweet


 Austrian Cakes and Pastries 

The Austrians – especially the Viennese – are famous for their devotion to the finer things in life – the arts, music and, of course, cakes and pastries. For the Austrians, eating cakes and pastries is one of life´s richest and oldest pleasures.  

It began over 500 years ago, when Emperor Frederick V. of Austria ordered bread rolls to be stamped with his likeness. It seems that from then on, Austrian bakers never looked back. Especially in the period, when Vienna was the capital of the vast Austro-Hungarian Empire and one of the trendsetters in arts, music, fashion and lifestyle, more and more recipes for exquisite cakes and pastries were created. Viennese pastry shops fought with each other over which were the best. But in other Austrian cities such as Graz, Salzburg or Linz the competition for the best cakes and pastries was as fierce as in Vienna.      

Therefore is it any wonder that Austrian cakes and pastries are without rival ? Mouthwatering treats such as Apfelstrudel (Viennese apple strudel), Sachertorte (Sacher cake), Linzerschnitte, Dobostorte or the distinctively shaped Gugelhupf, not to mention an incredible number of other cakes or hot items such as Palatschinken (crepes), Kaiserschmarren (Viennese browned omelette), Buchteln (yeast dumplings) or Marillenknödel (apricot dumplings) are now world famous.  

Taste these sweet delights and judge for yourself – you´ll be probably hooked on it for life !