Food - Drink
What Makes Christiania, Copenhagen's Dream Cake Unique?
BY MICHELLE WELSCH
In 1971, the community of Christiania was founded as a small anarchist society in Denmark's capital city Copenhagen, and today, the micronation has its own cuisine and serves up many kinds of treats to visitors and tourists. One of Christiania's most famous cakes is so soft and spongy that when touched, it springs back into place.
Drømmekage, or "dream cake" in English, is a fluffy sponge cake with an irresistible layer of coconut caramel on top. The spongy treat originated in 1960 in the small town of Hjallerup, where a Danish woman won a cake-baking contest with the recipe, and is now popular across the country, including at many cafes in Christiania.
The cake component of drømmekage is made from a simple batter of eggs, milk, vanilla, flour, and other ingredients, while the topping consists of butter, brown sugar, milk, and unsweetened coconut flakes. This goodie is served in coffee shops and bakeries throughout Denmark but is particularly popular tourist fare in Christiania.