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DILEKEREI — SUMPTUOUS CAKES INSPIRED BY ENGLISH TEA PARTIES

DILEKEREI — SUMPTUOUS CAKES INSPIRED BY ENGLISH TEA PARTIES

Exploring Wedding’s hidden nooks is getting ever sweeter: Tucked between Gesundbrunnen and Bornholmer Str. you’ll find Dilekerei, a small café named after its owner, Dilek Topkara. Carefully chosen Biedermeier-style furnishings complement the interior’s endearing “tea time” elements, which serve as a reminder of the time Topkara spent in England, where the trained nutritionist discovered baking for herself. The delectable sweet treats she whips up include traditional Victoria sponge, red velvet cupcakes, poppy seed “Gugelhupf” and rose cake. The dollop of jam that is served with the cheesecake is handmade from fruit grown in her parents’ garden, and she sources her hazelnuts from her relatives in Turkey. Besides coffee, Topkara also offers freshly-brewed British tea specialties. In the display case sit heavenly multi-tier cakes which appear as edible works of art, garnished with pearls and fruit. In addition to the selection found in her café — which is only open on weekends — Topkara also bakes cakes made to order. Her customers can expect an individualized result which is almost too beautiful to eat. The native Schöneberger baker often makes personalized wedding cakes, which tell the story of the brides and grooms from around the world. This little café even delivers beyond Wedding, and out to other corners all around the city. (Text: Eva Biringer / Fotos: Dilekerei)

Dilekerei, Eulerstr.11B, 13357 Berlin-Wedding; map
Sat-Sun 12-18h

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GIVE THE GIFT OF LITERATURE — 10 BOOK PICKS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

GIVE THE GIFT OF LITERATURE — 10 BOOK PICKS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Time is running out for present buying, so let us provide some literary inspiration with our 10 book picks. Bringing fine food and drink to festive parties are cocktail bible “Cocktailian” and “Dilekerei“, a collection of exquisite cake and tart recipes by Wedding baker Dilek Topkara. Meanwhile, helping your coffee-loving friend go pro is Yumi Choi’s cafe business manual, “Das Coffee Shop Manifest“. Take your loved ones on a journey with Simone Hawlisch’s “Heimat“, where women from Finland to Australia share what “home” means to them, and “Walking Wild“, Livia Ritthaler’s guide to the best dog-walking destinations in Berlin and Brandenburg. For more fictional adventures, Deborah Levy’s Booker Prize-nominated “The Man Who Saw Everything” is an electrifying tale of a London historian’s time in 1980s East Berlin. Also looking East is Christof Zwiener with his book “nach 1990“, a curious collection of images of decaying GDR-era flagpoles that are an eerie reminder of the East German state’s omnipotence. For younger readers, introduce them to “Generation Greta” with Millie Marotta’s “A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals“, a beautiful picture book of creatures threatened by climate change. Just as striking is “Always Everything“, 372 playfully linked photos by Jan Von Holleben that are perfect for a rainy day losing yourself in fantasy worlds. Finally, for design devotees, “Moholy-Nagy and the New Typography” showcases Bauhaus designer László Moholy-Nagy’s typographic world, with previously unpublished materials from the Kunstbibliothek Berlin. Happy reading! (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Sophie Döring)

Many of the titles here can be ordered online and collected the next day at one of our favorite local bookshops, Uslar & Rai.

Cocktailian” by Mixology Verlag (2019, Tre Torri Verlag, 208 pages, German)
Dilekerei” by Dilek Topkara (2017, Heel Verlag, 176 pages, German)
Das Coffee Shop Manifest” by Yumi Choi (2019, 152 pages, German)
Heimat” by Simone Hawlisch (2019, Knesebeck, 200 pages, German)
Walking Wild” by Livia Ritthaler (2019, The Gentle Temper, 216 pages, German)
The Man Who Saw Everything” by Deborah Levy (2019, Penguin, 199 pages, English)
A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals” by Millie Marotta (2019, Puffin, 101 pages, English)
Always Everything” by Jan Von Holleben (2019, Tarzipan, 372 pages, picture book)
nach 1990” by Christof Zwiener (2019, Vexer Verlag, 360 pages, German & English)
Moholy-Nagy and the New Typography” edited by Petra Eisele, Isabel Naegele & Michael Lailach (2019, Verlag Kettler, 256 pages, English)

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