Prague cafe hits sweet spot with coronavirus-shaped dessert

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A restaurant in the historic center of Prague invented a dessert in the form of the novel coronavirus to stop a slump in business that is already proving to be a success with customers.
The Black Madonna is usually packed with tourists admiring its cubist interior, but it suffered when the trip to the Czech Republic collapsed amid the pandemic and the country battles one of the highest rates of coronavirus infection in Europe.
The dessert creator, Olga Budnik, said she got the idea during the spring lockdown.
"I found a photo of the virus on the internet and figured out how to make the dessert in detail - how to make the spikes, what the color would look like, and I have everything prepared," she told Reuters.
The dessert is slightly smaller than a tennis ball, has a chocolate crust and is dusted with cocoa butter spray. The "spikes" of the virus consist of white chocolate and dried raspberries.
Inside is a pistachio filling with raspberry puree and raspberries in the middle.
The delicacy was a huge hit, with sales exceeding 100 a day and growing.
"For us, as for other catering companies, the coronavirus crisis meant an enormous decline in ten percent," said Vojtech Hermanek, Marketing Manager of the café.
"But at the same time it was a chance to bring out the coronavirus cake, which is a symbol ... which shows that all is not lost."
Budnik, a Ukrainian who has lived in Prague for six years, has already set his sights on the next product - a candy with a COVID-19 vaccine motif that should taste like citrus fruits and liqueur.
"It will be a lot of lime with some alcohol," she said.
(Reporting by Jiri Skacel; writing by Jan Lopatka; editing by Mike Collett-White)
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