MAKARANA CAKE: A DESSERT FIT FOR KINGS AND QUEENS
What do almond cakes, Saxon kings and secret recipes have in common with Makarska? In 1838, Friedrich August II took a trip to Biokovo on his visit to Makarska. When they brought him lunch, with it came a tasty almond cake that the Saxon king loved. Delighted with this sweet energy bomb, he wanted to know who made the cake and what it was called, but nobody knew. So to honor the place that produced such deliciousness, the king named it Makarana. Today, Makarana cake is a traditional delicacy protected as cultural heritage of the Makarska region. A rich combo of almonds, eggs and sugar made according to a secret centuries-old recipe, the cake is served for special occasions such as weddings, holidays and festivities, cut into rhomb-shaped pieces. There’s even an annual Makarana cake-making contest, where you can have your cake and eat it too.