41st National Táncház Festival & Fair • 1–3 April 2022
Starting page: 43

Traditional Hungarian foods – Toffee-nut wedding cakes called "Grillázs” or "Pörkölt torta” are made of cooked sugar and nuts which is artfully formed into elaborate shapes such as: baskets of flowers, flower crowns, hens and baby chicks, house and garden, a stag, kissing pair of doves, etc. This article estimates the appearance of these cakes in the peasant tradition at approximately 1900. The master of ceremonies of the wedding brings in the groom’s toffee cake. The new bride smashes the cake. The more pieces it breaks into, the more years the couple will live happily together. Communities in Hungary still known for this tradition are Lajosmizse and Tápióbicske. By Juhász Katalin.