This morning Juli has organized a treat in store for us . . . she is taking us to a favorite café — Dresden Kaffee Stuebchen on Salzgasse 8 for homemade Eierschecke, a delicious specialty cake from Saxony. Here, it is offered in three varieties — plain, rhubarb and poppyseed. The shop is teeny with only four small tables inside and another two on the sidewalk.
But, I digress . . . Eierschecke is a three-layered cake. The bottom layer was a sponge cake. The middle layer consists of a kind of custard made with milk quark — similar to French forage blanc, Indian paneer or Mexican quest — and flavored with vanilla. The top layer is a light and slightly browned mixture of egg yolk, butter, sugar, and creamy vanilla pudding that is folded into egg whites. We tried each ordered plain cakes and a wedge of a rhubarb one to share along with kaffees and a hot chocolate for me. The cakes were delicious and the hot chocolate rich and just the right amount of bitter to offset the heavenly whipped cream!
Hot and visually exhausted from looking at art, I met up with Tejomaya and headed to the Edelweiss Alpen Restaurant where Zelda and Juli were having refreshments.
Next, Tejomaya and I head off to the Royal Palace and Green Vault for another dose of culture!
There is both the Historic Green Vault and the New Green Vault — both containing massive amounts of objet d'arts showcasing exquisite workmanship, though often times gaudy.
One of the amazing (to me) sculptures is the Moritz Monument, which is one of the major memorials created by Elector August for his brother Moritz, who won the Saxon electoral dignity for the Albertine branch of the House of Wettin. The monument depicts Elector handing the Saxon electoral sword to this brother August, with their wives positioned slightly behind. Behind Moritz is a fire of Death. Above the princes (brothers) are Holy Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The monument commemorates the death of Elector Moritz in the Battle of Sievershausen in 1553. August had it erected on the fortifications of Dresden.