this past sunday, i was lucky enough to participate in the monthly cake orgy at ungdomshuset. though it seems like an outrageous idea that could never work, it's been going on for a while now and is met with only positivity. what is it? you pay 20kr ($3.72 USD as of today) and then eat all the cake and drink all the coffee/tea you can. best of all, everything is vegan! (:
the clientele was nicely varied; some punks, some old folks, some middle-aged middle-class people, some babies, and us. there was even a handful of really sweet dogs wandering around the dining room and begging for scraps! i wanted to take one of them home with me so badly! ahem, anyway... the cakes were served a little past 2pm and they kept coming! some of the pickings were pecan cake, raisin cake, coconut cake, chocolate cake, chocolate-coffee cupcake, carrot (i think) cupcake, chocolate-raisin cookies, and an old school danish 'applecake (which isn't a cake at all, more like a pudding... but that's a story for another day).'
there were even vegan, gluten-free cupcakes. sweetened with agave and decorated with apples. it was really nice, the texture wasn't weird or grainy at all. the first (and probably last) vegan, gluten-free cake i'd attempted to bake was steamrolled by these cupcakes. i'd say this was the real apple cake. (;
warning: although vegan is healthier, you should definitely not come here if you're on any sort of diet. sugar is sugar, no matter how you look at it. and these cakes are so good, you'll find it hard to stop!
after we had eaten our fill, the empty platters went away and the kitchen staff started bringing out bowls of pastas and salads! for an additional donation, we could eat a late lunch/early dinner after the cakes. needless to say, i was really impressed with all the offerings. but instead of gorging ourselves, we opted to take a tour of the place. there had been a huge dub step party the night before, so the 2 concert halls were in dire need of repair. the bands who use the practice rooms have to pay very little in rent; however, they do also have to clean up after parties. but i'm sure the bands were hungover so they would clean up later in the evening. looks like everyone had a lot of fun! though ungdomshuset may have a history of violence, that is certainly not what they're about. i'm glad that there is such a place that exists in copenhagen. and hopefully i'll have time to join in their soup kitchen on thursday nights. ^^
vegan cake orgy!!
first sunday of the month @ 2pm
2400 kbh nv