Cake. That sweet treat loved by us all. But different climates, available ingredients – and tastebuds – results in a huge variety of cake types throughout the world. Where fruit rules in some places, chocolate dominates in others. A dream for all sweet-toothed travellers, who simply have to try it all (and photograph it for Instagram!) It may appear that PackThePJs are determined to visit every café on earth (we are trying), but for this series of posts we have asked our travel blogging friends to show, and tell us, about their favourite slices of cake. On our world-wide quest to tempt everyone’s taste buds, today we will visit Austria, Japan, the UK, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. Enjoy!
Vienna, Austria: Café Sacher
We have all heard of recipes that were created specially to serve the royal guests and their tastes. But very few come with the history of having a legal battle fought for the rights to it. One such delicacy is the Sacher Torte. The Sacher Torte is a chocolate cake, an extremely popular Viennese delicacy. It has been served to the royal guests for years and has been named after its creator Franz Sacher.
On my recent trip to Vienna, to explore their KoffeehausKultur, I made a trip to the famous Café Sacher to try out their ‘Original Sacher Torte’. I have to admit, the Original Sacher Torte is one of the most delicious cakes I have ever eaten! The chocolate icing on this soft and spongy cake was like a trip straight to heaven. Now like most royal dishes, the recipe to this one is a well-guarded secret. But I highly recommend that you try it out at the Sacher Café, for its taste, the range of coffees and above all the royal interiors that give you just the perfect feels!
Apart from Vienna, Café Sacher also has branches in the Austrian cities of Innsbruck and Graz.
Submitted by, and thanks to, AwaraDiaries
Tokyo, Japan: Monster Café
In the fashionable and popular district of Harajuku, you will find one of the coolest and unique cafés in the world. Going to the Kawaii Monster Café is definitely one of the more memorable things to do in Tokyo. It’s hard to explain the experience in words, it’s simply something that you have to see for yourself.
A special cake you can find here is the Rainbow Cake. It’s definitely not the typical cake being served in a café. The Rainbow Cake at the Kawaii Monster Café looks a bit like play-doh, but it’s a lot tastier than you might expect! Kind of a mix of fruity, sugary, and creamy taste. There are other cakes as well, and you can also eat food and order drinks here.
To describe this Cafe, think of Alice in Wonderland, and multiply by 10 times. There are various rooms and booths where you can sit and enjoy a meal, for example the Mushroom Disco Room, Milk Stand, Bar Experiment and the Mel-Tea Room.
It’s not only a fascinating experience, but the cakes and food are actually really good too, even though it’s a bit pricier than a regular café.
Submitted by, and thanks to, Swedish Nomad
Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk, UK: Dunes Café
The north-east coast of Norfolk, in the UK, is where we always head if we need to ‘get away from it all’. To us, it’s one of the least populated areas of the country, and it’s where we can find beautiful sandy beaches, and be the only ones walking on them. For the last two summers we’ve been based right besides one such beach – Long Beach, in Hemsby. The campsite our caravan is on is – literally – 80 steps from the most amazing beach and dunes, that we walk on often. Looking up the coast, northwards, on the horizon, you can just about pick out a small building perched on the edge of the dunes. This is the fabulous Dunes Café in Winterton-on-Sea and serves the most incredible meals – and cake.
A favourite of ours is their Norfolk Shortbread. This is a sweet, quite dense – yet still light – plain scone filled with thick cream and jam. It’s lovely. After a long, hard walk on loose sand, it’s the perfect reward!
We often sit outside in one of their ‘beach hut’ sheds – great shelter on a windy day, and dog-friendly too. When friends visit us, it’s the ‘go-to’ place for a coffee, cake and catch up!
Submitted by, and thanks to, PackThePJs
Vancouver Island, Canada: Buzz Coffee House
Tucked away in the heart of Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast is a local gem. The Buzz Coffee House is an award winning, locally sourced, scratch made, roaster that brews up some of the best coffee around. Coffee is nothing without treats, and luckily these guys bake up some of the best around.
My favourite thing to pair with a delicious long pour Americano is their house made Carrot Cake. Freshly baked by the coffee shop’s owner every morning, and ready for the coffee swilling public by 9am, it’s always fresh and flavourful. A perfect balance of carrot, nuts and raisins make for a deliciously dense cake, and the velvety smooth cream cheese icing will have you wanting more. Get your slice (or two) before it sells out!
Submitted by, and thanks to, Adventographer
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Bookmunch Café
The Sticky Toffee Date pudding in Bookmunch Café is a revelation! Everything about this cake is divine; from its delicious toffee and date sauce along with the spongy cake. It’s very sweet, so perfect with an espresso. This unique dessert has been conceptualised by a food blogger which is why I love to support this particular dessert in Dubai (aside from the fact that it is indeed scrumptious!) I like that it plays homage to the region by using local dates in the recipe. The dates carry a delicious toffee-meets-caramel flavour that I love.
Bookmunch Café in Dubai is the first literary cafe in the city! It has an amazing selection of food, pastries and coffees and is totally family friendly. It’s perfect for any digital nomad as well as they offer free coffee in the mornings. This book-themed space supports a lot of open mics and poetry meets which is rare in Dubai. This is why I highly encourage people to support the business.
It’s also one of the few local cafés that are in the city. Besides this, it has a family friendly atmosphere and encourages people of all ages to read from a lovely selection of books! What’s not to like?
Submitted by, and thanks to, Om Nom Nirvana
Thank you to all our amazing contributors. Gosh, we have gained weight just looking at the photos! What a fantastic range of delectable sweet delights. Please come back tomorrow to see the next part in our Series. We’d love for you to comment below and tell us about your favourite café, and why it’s so memorable to you x