If you have a sweet tooth one of your first pieces of German vocabulary should be ‘die Konditorei’, which refers to a cake shop that serves torte. Vienna has a plethora of shops that sell these moist cakes. One of the oldest and most famous of these Konditorei is the Demel K.u.K. Hufzuckerbäcker, that is the Demel royal and imperial court confectionary baker.
Demel has a history in Vienna going back to 1786. It has stood by its royal name, K.u.K, even after the collapse of the monarchy, including during a period when using this name was penalised. The Demel is proud of its history, maintaining traditions such as the Rococo-style decoration of the tearooms and the black and white uniforms of the waitresses.
The baking at Demel isn’t hidden away, instead you can share in the excitement by looking through the windows of the show bakery. The staff look very efficient as they decorate and slice cakes on their long marble benches.
Sachertorte is a Viennese specialty. Similar to a mudcake, with a hint of alcohol, this one was rich and chocolatey.
There are several gluten free options at the Demel, and one of them is the Mandeltorte (almond torte). Layers of light nutty meringue alternate with a rich nutella-flavoured buttercream with a hint of alcohol.
Visiting Demel was a real treat, and it was a recommendation that prompted our visit. If anyone has any suggestions for treats or meals in Berlin, Leipzig, or elsewhere in Germany, please let me know.
Ratings (out of 5 snorts)