“Cuşma lui Guguţă” or Guguţă’s hat, Moldova’s traditional dessert
May 11, 2018

“Cuşma lui Guguţă” or Guguţă’s hat, Moldova’s traditional dessert

Guguţă’s hat is called this way due to a folk story written by Spiridon Vangheli, Guguţă being the main character, a small shepherd with a big traditional wool hat who wanted to protect his village from the harsh, cold winter and fit everyone under his hat. So I would totally say that this dessert is a perfect reflection of the Moldovan spirit! ☺️


  • For pancakes: white flour, eggs, milk, butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla powder, according to your favourite classic pancake recipe.   
  • For Guguţă’s hat: preserved cherries, sour cream, sugar, grated dark chocolate, according to the size of your cake.


Once you have prepared about 30 classic thin, small pancakes, take them one by one and add a line of cherries inside each of them. Roll your cherry-filled pancakes to obtain something similar to cinnamon sticks, but with delicious cherries inside. Afterwards lay them in the form of a pyramid in a dessert plate, starting with a base of 5 to 7 rolls, or more.

To make this heaven pyramid even more delicious, we need to mix sour cream with sugar until we get a smooth consistency. The best way is to use homemade sour cream, or at least 30% fat sour cream. Once you are done, spread the sugary cream mix all over the pyramid.

Almost done! Just cover your dessert with grated dark chocolate and voilà! You can taste the best dessert recipe from Moldova.

Hope you enjoy it!

  • Guguţă’s hat

This recipe was created by Carolina Sclifos

Hi, my name is Carolina. I started volunteering locally in 2007 and became involved in the national network of volunteers from the Republic of Moldova. While studying in Romania, I was a member of an organisation for Moldovan students and a human rights NGO. I graduated in European Studies from Babeș-Bolyai University. I discovered the EU mainly due to youth projects (in Poland, Romania, Latvia and Germany), and loved being a part of it. I later did a master’s in Security and Diplomacy at SNSPA Bucharest, where I developed an interest in research and was a panellist at several conferences, as well as being published in academic publications. Taking part in the Erasmus programme at the University of Bonn, and a traineeship at the Centre for International Security and Governance, broadened my experience, defining a direction for my professional path. For me, being a Young European Ambassador means contributing to youth development, embracing the European family and being a step closer to my dreams.

  • Carolina Sclifos

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