Type Pastry
Region or state Záhorie
Main ingredients Dough, sugar, walnuts
Cookbook: Trdelník  Media: Trdelník

Trdelník is a cake and sweet pastry. It is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix.

Countries of Origin

Trdelník is found in several Central European countries, most prominently Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary (where it is known to come from the Hungarian-speaking part of Transylvania, Romania). The word "trdelník" is of Czech or Slovak origin.

Nowadays, trdelník is very popular among tourists as a sweet pastry in the Czech Republic. A modern version filled with ice cream or other fillings, has been spreading recently from Prague, the Czech capital.[1]

Its version from the Slovak town of Skalica - Skalický trdelník was registered in December 2007 as PGI (protected geographical indication) in the European Union.[2] The registration application with the detailed description of the product was published in April 2007 in the Official Journal of the European Union.[3]

Skalický trdelník

Baking of Trdelník

The production of trdelník has a long tradition in the Slovak town of Skalica near the border with the Czech Republic. The original recipe was brought to Skalica at the end of the 18th century by the Transylvanian cook József Gvadányi, a retired Hungarian general. The original recipe was later improved by the inhabitants of Skalica to its final form now known as Skalický trdelník.

The civil association Skalický trdelník was founded at the end of 2004 with the goal of keeping the tradition of the original open fire Trdelník production. The name trdelník comes from trdlo (originally a wooden tool for pounding or stamping materials in a stoupa, a hollowed-out log), the wooden stake the cake is wrapped around for cooking which gives it its traditional hollow shape.

Similar products

Slices of Skalický trdelník ready for serving. Note the hollow interior created by baking on a cylindrical spit.
Trdelník booth at a market in Litoměřice.


  2. Commission Regulation (EC) No 1485/2007 of 14 December 2007 registering certain names in the Register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications (Carne de Bísaro Transmontano or Carne de Porco Transmontano (PDO), Szegedi szalámi or Szegedi téliszalámi (PDO), Pecorino di Filiano (PDO), Cereza del Jerte (PDO), Garbanzo de Fuentesaúco (PGI), Lenteja Pardina de Tierra de Campos (PGI), Λουκούμι Γεροσκήπου (Loukoumi Geroskipou) (PGI), Skalický trdelník (PGI))
  3. Publication of an application pursuant to Article 6(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 510/2006 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs – SKALICKÝ TRDELNÍK
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