There’s no better culinary way to celebrate Fat Tuesday than digging into a stuffed semla – a cardamon-spiced wheat bun filled with gooey almond paste and topped off with the heaviest whipped cream in town.

This Scandinavian pastry is designed to fatten you up in time for forty (40) days of Lent, and just 3-5 days of semlor-gorging does the job pretty well.

For the best semlor in Stockholm (literally), stop by Vete-Katten.

Update – This photo just recently made the editor’s daily dozen pick on National Geographic Online