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Type Pastry
Region or state Záhorie
Main ingredients Dough, sugar, walnuts

Trdelník is a kind of spit cake. It is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix.

Countries of Origin[edit]

Trdelník is found in several Central European countries, most prominently Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary (where it is known to come from the Hungarian-speaking part of Transylvania, Romania). The word trdelník is of either Czech or Slovak origin.

Nowadays, trdelník is very popular among tourists as a sweet pastry in the Czech Republic. A modern version, with fillings such as ice cream, has been spreading in popularity from its origin in Prague.[1]

Its version from the Slovak town of Skalica - Skalický trdelník was registered in December 2007 as PGI (protected geographical indication) in the European Union.[2] The registration application with the detailed description of the product was published in April 2007 in the Official Journal of the European Union.[3]

Skalický trdelník[edit]

Baking of Trdelník

The production of trdelník has a long tradition in the Slovak town of Skalica near the borders with Czech Republic. The original recipe was brought to Skalica at the end of the 18th century by the Transylvanian cook József Gvadányi, a retired Hungarian general. The original recipe was later improved by the inhabitants of Skalica to its final form now known as Skalický trdelník.

The civil association Skalický trdelník was founded at the end of 2004 with the goal of keeping the tradition of the original open fire Trdelník production. The name trdelník comes from trdlo (originally a wooden tool for pounding or stamping materials in a stoupa, a hollowed-out log), the wooden stake the cake is wrapped around for cooking which gives it its traditional hollow shape.

Similar products[edit]

Slices of Skalický trdelník ready for serving. Note the hollow interior created by baking on a cylindrical spit.
Trdelník booth at a market in Litoměřice.


  1. ^ Tennent, James (1 March 2016). "Chimney cake: The doughnut ice cream foodporn oozing over your Instagram". Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "EUR-Lex - 32007R1485 - EN - EUR-Lex". Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "EUR-Lex - 52007XC0421(02) - EN - EUR-Lex". Retrieved 15 December 2017. 

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