A traditional Czech dessert can be tested in many countries of the world, but chimney cake (Hungarian: Kürtőskalács) which is very similar, it’s so hard to find it outside of the Hungarian border. However, now is available in Split. More specifically, in Škartoc Pastry Shop.

Pastry shop Škartoc Split
Chimney Cake Bakery

This dessert is at the same time an attraction as it is prepared on the spot, as well as a favorite dessert because many coming back after the first try. Otherwise, the chimney cake is made from sweet, yeast dough (raised dough,) of which a strip is spun and then wrapped around a truncated cone-shaped baking spit, and rolled in granulated sugar. It is roasted over charcoal while basted with melted butter until its surface cooks to a golden-brown color. During the baking process, chimney cake caramelizes and forms a shiny, crispy crust. The surface of the cake can then topped with additional ingredients such as Nutella, jam, hazelnut, sugar, vanilla, chocolate, etc. I have chosen a combination of chocolate with Oreo biscuits and I really liked it. They have a very good selection at fair prices.

Pastry shop Škartoc Split
Pastry shop Škartoc Split
Chimney cake Toppings
Pastry shop Škartoc Split

Otherwise, this traditional Hungarian cake originates originally from Transylvania. The first recipe was found in a cookbook of Countess Maria Mikes in 1784. year. chimney cake had almost forgotten until recently. This gastronomic tradition, which earlier had been preserved merely in rural Hungary communities, gradually found its way back thanks to tourism. Today chimney cake is part of the European gastronomic scene.

Close up baking chimney cake on grill

I believe this cake will be very well accepted by the local people. Someone who buys a cake for the first time buys one to try and then usually returns and takes a few more pieces. The staff is very friendly and the owner can also speak German and English.

Chimney cake, Split, Croatia
Pastry shop Škartoc Split

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I am a 24 years old architect based in Split. Passion for photography has grown steadily when I was traveling all around the world trying to capture every unforgettable experience I met on my way. Collaboration:karlo@ilcroatia.com

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