Norwegian Cream Cake – Norwegian National Cake – Blotkake – always served on National Day to represent the colors of the Norway flag!
Ok so if you didn’t already know I am a HUGE fan of the TV show Vikings so since the show is on hiatus right now, I’m instead getting my Viking fix by whipping up some traditional Scandinavian food!
This is a very traditional Norwegian cake that usually makes an appearance at any special occasion in Norway, but especially on May 17, the national day of Norway. This cake is especially made on that day as the red, white and blue colors represent the colors of the Norwegian flag.
Since the same flags are on the color of our flag, this cake can just as easily be made to celebrate the US Independence Day, so when July 4th rolls around this year, let’s celebrate it….Norwegian style!
There are many variations and you can customize the cake as you like. With or without custard – it’s up to you. Use any varieties of berries you like, but if it’s being served on National Day you must have both red and blue colored berries.
I made a few changes to this traditional cake to up the flavor a bit, however you can keep it traditional if you prefer. To keep it traditional, use jam instead of the mascerated berries and omit the cardamom. Cardamom is the most common spice used in Scandinavian sweets and it is one of my favorite spices, which is why I added it here.
I also used white wheat flour instead of all purpose flour.
However, before we get to today’s recipe, let’s take a look at some of my other Norwegian recipes…
Fjelbrod – Whole Grain Yeast Quickbread
Lefse – Potato Flatbread
IN THE MAKING
This cake is light and creamy and perfect to celebrate Independence Day in the USA with the same red, white and blue colors as the Norwegian flag!