Afternoon Tea Granada – A Cake Named After a Pope
Sweet Treats in Granada
If you have a sweet tooth this is bound to interest you! In 1897 Ceferino Ysla Gonzalez set up his own cake shop in the Calle Real in Santa Fé, just 10 minutes from Granada. Ceferino was very devoted to the Virgin Mary. Just a few years before, Pope Pius IX (Pïo in Spanish – Nono – nine) had proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Because of this Ceferino decided to pay Pius homage by inventing a cake named after His Holiness.
Each pionono is bite size, inspired by Ceferino’s image of the Pope. Cilindrical in shape, somewhat plump (moistened sponge rolled in on itself), dressed like a Pope with a white cassock (a white paper case) crowned with pastry cream, sugared and toasted (to represent the Pope’s skullcap).
This imaginative creation has since become Granada’s most popular and international cake. Pasteleria Ysla celebrated it’s 120th anniversary last year and is still on the same street in Santa Fe. For more sweet treats visit Cafetería Rey Fernando, founded in 1945 and located on the main square. Their tempting chocolate version of a Pionono is pictured below.
Santa Fe is the home of Piononos so there are several inviting choices of cake shops and cafes selling the yummy bites. In recent years, both Pastelería Isla and Cafetería Rey Fernando have opened shops in Granada itself. You’ll find the array of different cakes, pastries, smoothies and ice creams hard to resist.
Santa Fe is about 40 minutes from Restábal in the Lecrín Valley. Why not visit this historical town and try the Piononos. You’ll probably want to take some home!
Published by Susan at Casa Tagomago