oday I’m making “Splitska Torta” – delicious dried fig and almond cake named after my hometown of Split, Croatia!
A Few Words About my Hometown of Split, Croatia
First, let me tell you a few words about the city that this cake was named after – my hometown of Split, Croatia! Now, I have a question for you! The city of Split is old, quite old in fact, so, what would you say how old is it? Two hundred years, three, four hundred years maybe, ha? What do you think? Well, whatever number came to your mind, I’m pretty sure that you were wrong, because, the city of Split, Croatia is…wait for it…seventeen hundred years old!! Yes, you heard it right, seventeen hundred,…or one thousand and seven hundred years,… or one point seven millennia old! Now is that old or is that old?
It sure is, but hey there’s more! Not only that Split is an ancient city, but, unlike many other cities, it didn’t happen by chance, just like that, no! It was built on purpose and on demand, and when I tell you who was the person that ordered this ginormous building endeavour, your eyes will pop! It was none other than Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus, also known as the Roman emperor Diocletian!! How about that?!!
And it gets even better! You see, Diocletian was the first Roman emperor ever who decided to retire, imagine that! On May 1 305 he voluntarily abdicated the position and became a pensioner! Wow! O.K., you’ll say, that is interesting, but, why do we care? Well, I’ll tell you why! You see, the Roman emperor, the big boss, couldn’t just move to some ordinary house, or a retirement community, he was an emperor after all, so he needed a palace, right? And here comes the biggest “wow” – of all the places, all over the vast Roman empire, Diocletian decided that his retirement palace was to be built – where? Well here, where I stand today!
That huge,lavish, magnificent palace was the nucleus, the heart of the city today known as Split, Croatia! How about that, I ask you, how about that?!! Naturally, the emperor had a huge staff, you know, servants, soldiers, craftsmen and so on, and they needed food, fish, meat, fruits and veggies, so one thing led to another and before you could say “Splitska torta”, around the palace community took shape! It grew and grew, and today we are some two hundred thousand strong, and growing! Nothing impressive, in comparison with, say, New York or Mexico Ciudad, but the city of Split is the second largest city in Croatia, right after the nation’s capital, Zagreb. Not bad, I say!
Splitska Torta – Dried Fig and Almond Cake
So, let’s talk about our hero – Splitska Torta! First I will make four layers of dried fig and almond sponge cake. While my sponge cakes are baking, I will make . That means that I will make mixture – a mixture of whipped egg yolks and cooked sugar syrup. When pâte à bombe mixture cools down, I will add softened butter, and that will be the richest and the creamiest buttercream ever!
Now, the traditional buttercream for Splitska Torta is made out of same ingredients, but it calls for whisking egg yolks with sugar on bain-marie until sugar dissolves, and then softened butter is added. I opted for French buttercream only because it is so creamy and velvety, and let’s be honest – my stand mixer does all the work! ;)
Since fig season is in full swing here, I decided to decorate my cake with some beautiful, juicy, sweet fresh figs. If you don’t have that option, feel free to use dried figs for decoration. So, let’s make a delicious traditional Split dried fig and almond cake, better known as “Splitska torta”!
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