This is traditional carnival pastry in Croatia. The origin is of course Austrian. The name “krafne” comes from Mrs. Cecilia Krapf a.k.a. Cilly who worked for Emperor in his Court as pastry cook. The story is that she uncovered the recipe to the street pastry makers so the cake spread all over the Empire (and that is how we get it). The best “krafne” to buy in Croatia is in town Samobor in the vicinity of Zagreb. The ladies who work there have a secret recipe and I must admit the “krafne” there are really the best I have ever tasted.