I’ve been reading a really nice book named “Hygge, the Danish way to living well”. I’m not going to comment a lot on this because I would like to dedicate a post to some specific thoughts about this book; but overall talks about how Danish people create intimacy and coziness ambiances around them and how this is related to their happiness (being Denmark the happiest country on the world). In the book, the author mentioned La Glace as a hyggelig (cozy, warm-like feeling) place. They even refer to this place as: “If there was an El Camino for cake, La Glace would be the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral”.
So, this winter break that I was visiting Copenhagen, I was curious to visit this confectionery. And let me tell you, although this was probably one of the most expensive cakes I’ve ever eaten, it was a unique experience!
La Glace is the oldest confectionery shop in Denmark. It was established in 1870, and although I am not 100% sure La Glace is in its original location, it still has its original furniture from 1870 and the interior from the 20’s. As soon as you enter, the shop gives you an historical ambiance. They have decided to stick to most of their traditions when talking about the menu. They only serve tea, coffee or hot chocolate because, as their menu states: “La Glace was established long before modern beverage like espresso or cafe latte. We have chosen to stick with that part of our history”
They have a wide variety of layer cakes and pastries. Cakes are made in the old fashion way, lots of cream! I’ve notice that in Europe, when its about cakes, they stick to the old fashioned flavors and methods (which is not bad at all!, do not misunderstand me). In México, we are usually much more influenced by the United States in everything, including our cakes. I really appreciate that in general, Europe still preserves their tradition talking about pastries and cakes, and I think that somehow we have been loosing a lot of our traditional recipes in Mexican bakery (for example panaderías are an endangered specie, and therefore pan dulce a swell), but well… that is just a thought.
We didn’t skimp in our cakes that day, we simply ordered what our souls felt. There were specially two cakes that I liked a lot: First one, the Georginekage which consisted of cream (like creme anglaise) macaroon bottom (this was absolutely delicious!!) and jelly. This cake was covered with a lot (and I mean a lot) of whipped cream and some strawberries.
I also tasted another called Sportskage, which is the signature layer cake from La Glace. This one consisted of crushed nougat, whipped cream, a macaroon bottom (again ❤ ) and caramelized choux pastries. This cake was also really tasteful, but if I had to choose, I would go with the Georginekage 🙂 .
I also ordered a small pastry called Fragilité, which was kind of an almond layer biscuit filled with mocha cream (they use a lot of almond paste in Danish pastry).
We ordered also chocolate and coffee. They are served in a silver-like pot, with a bowl of whipped cream. Inside the pot there is enough chocolate (or coffee) to serve yourself two cups; but in case you feel like it, you can order a refill :). To be honest, anyone who wants a refill after two cups of chocolate and such a big piece of cake is either crazy, or is it just like me: a sweet person!
I definitely think that La Glace is an iconic place in Copenhagen which is well worth visiting! Specially if you love cakes and pastry as I do!
La Glace. http://laglace.dk/en/