Flowers and Strudel at Dagmar’s Desserts


By Elizabeth Rubin

Pastry Chef Karen Gumpel at Dagmar’s Desserts in Old Saybrook pulls out all the stops with her gorgeous Three Layer Buttermilk Cake. The refreshing lemon and raspberry buttercream filling pairs perfectly with the light buttermilk cake adorned with vanilla buttercream. But this is much more than a cake, it’s a centerpiece. Gumpel created a lush basket of pastel flowers that sings spring.

Another lovely and popular confection is Dagmar’s version of the “naked cake”: a modern take on carrot cake with cream cheese frosting between each layer (and perhaps saving a few calories, too!).

My favorite reason to stop by Dagmar’s? The scrumptious Apple Strudel: a delicate pastry dusted with powdered sugar and filled with apples, sweet raisins, and walnuts for a bit of crunch. A slice and a cup of coffee was all the pick me up I needed after shopping in Old Saybrook. (Find the strudel at The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, too).

Owner Dagmar Ratensperger’s store motto is “From Germany to the Shoreline”. It’s the most delicious journey you’ll ever take without leaving home.

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