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Appreciating Some of the Popular Cakes in Northern Europe

If you’re looking for a delicious cake to serve at your next party or gathering, you can’t go wrong with a northern European cake. These cakes are some of the most popular worldwide—for a good reason. They’re moist, flavorful, and perfect for any occasion.

In particular, Norwegian cakes are some of the most delicious and popular in the world. From the classic kransekake to the rich and decadent sandbakkels, there is a Norwegian cake to suit every taste.

Norwegian cakes are often served with coffee or tea. They can be enjoyed at any time of day but are particularly popular as a dessert or snack.

Continue reading to know more about some of the beloved Northern European cakes!


Kransekake is a common Nordic dessert made of concentric cake rings typically arranged into a tower or a huge cone form. The crispy cakes are held together by a white icing glaze and are created with ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites.

Although little is known about this dessert’s origin in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland, it is typically associated with a number of happy events.

The size of the cake may vary depending on the occasion, and its center is sometimes filled with candy or chocolates.


A traditional Danish cake from Hjallerup in Jutland is called drømmekage. Flour, sugar, butter, eggs, milk, baking soda, and vanilla are used to make the cake. The smooth batter is then produced, put on a baking pan, and baked till golden brown.

Following its removal from the oven, a coconut-caramel topping made of butter, milk, brown sugar, and desiccated coconut is placed on top. The cake is baked for a further 10 minutes before cooling and cutting.

The first instance of drømmekage is thought to have occurred in 1960 when a woman by the name of Jytte Andersen participated in a cake-baking contest sponsored by a major Danish food brand.


Ostkaka, a highly traditional Swedish treat that literally translates to “cheesecake,” is not to be confused with the popular American cheesecake.

It is often made with rennet, which turns milk into cheese, and is then mixed with flour, eggs, sugar, cream, and almonds before being baked until just faintly browned.

The use of cottage cheese as a substitute will streamline the entire procedure. Ostkaka is less sweet, lighter, less fatty, and somewhat custard-like than American cheesecakes. Presenting it warm or at room temperature, with whipped cream or sweet jam drizzled over it, or topped with strawberries and fresh berry syrup, is when it tastes the finest.


Kvæfjord, from the island of Hinnøya, is the source of the traditional Norwegian cake known as Kvæfjordkake. The main ingredients are cake, meringue, vanilla cream, and ground almonds.

The cake is produced using a mixture of butter, sugar, egg yolks, flour, baking powder, milk, and vanilla sugar, making it both rich and light.

The vanilla custard is produced using sugar, egg yolks, starch, whole milk, and vanilla, while the meringue is made with egg whites, salt, sugar, and almonds. Verdens beste, which translates to “the best cake in the world,” is another name for kvæfjordkake.


There are many delicious and popular cakes from Northern Europe, and Norwegian cakes are some of the most delicious and popular cakes in the world. This is because Norwegian bakers have a long tradition of baking delicious cakes and always coming up with new and innovative cake recipes.

If you’re looking for a delicious and cheerful cake to serve at your next party or gathering, one of these Northern European cakes is sure to please.

If you’re looking for unique cake places near you, don’t miss out on Ana’s Norwegian Bakeri!

We offer Norwegian pastries and baked goods in Centennial, specializing in Norwegian-style cinnamon rolls, school rolls, raisin rolls, sweet cardamom rolls, sunshine rolls, and baked bread and cakes. Check out our delightful menu now!

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