Fedák Cake – In memory of a great actress

by | Dec 14, 2013 | Desserts

This cake cherishes the memory of Sári Fedák (1879-1955), one of the best known and most successful Hungarian actresses. She was one the greatest operetta prima donnas of the Hungarian theatre in the 20th century. She performed in several Hungarian and foreign theaters (Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, US).

Sári Fedák – photo: Wikipedia

In spite of her success she was very self-critical, but she resented criticism. Because of her talent she was a good name in Hungarian acting. Everyone loved her humour and anecdotes. The existing records make it clear that she was unhappy and man of extremes. She was devoted and warm-heated or cruely strict and rigid at the same time. She only felt safe on the stage. She was passionately fond of sweets, she loved to prepare and eat them. This cake was one of her favorite desserts.

Fedák cake
Fedák cake – photo: zserbo.com
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