SmörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta, or, the Best Fake Cake You’ll Ever Make

Ah, the wonders of the internet: Recently, while flicking through Pinterest, I happened upon a photograph of a fancy cake. Upon closer inspection, this cake was not of the sticky-sweet variety. It was a giant sandwich disguised as a cake. And while it’s true that if you have a craving for cold cuts, you can just throw ingredients between two slices of bread, why not concoct a very special smörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta of your own? That’s right, the sandwich cake has a name and a history. Its origins trace back to Scandinavia, where this savory stack is served up at birthday parties and weddings.

With Memorial Day right around the corner, I thought I’d try my hand at constructing my own sandwich cake to serve up to friends and family.

Rather than follow a recipe, I simply fashioned layers of bread from a round loaf purchased from a local bakery and layered it with my favorite fixings.

Since I wanted this to closely resemble a traditional cake, I sliced the loaf of bread into three equally-sized layers with a bread knife. This can be a bit tricky, but it helps if you use a knife that is longer than the loaf of bread. I removed the top and gingerly cut off the crust to create my layers ready for filling.

You can basically fill it with whatever your heart desires. I opted for cream cheese, thinly sliced cucumbers, avocado, and sprouts!

The “frosting” is a mixture of one part cream cheese and one part sour cream. Mix them together in a bowl, and spread. If you don’t have a cake spatula, a butter knife will do. A cake stand is also useful, but since most of us don’t just have one lying around, you can prop your “cake” up on the bottom of a flat dish for easier spreading.

Garnish is a matter of taste. A quick search for smörgåstårta will bring up a number of different ideas, from piling the top with egg slices and shrimp, to arranging little spinach leaves around the base. The fresh asparagus caught my eye at the grocery store, so I went for a more minimalist approach and trimmed the bottoms of each sprig before lining the cake and finishing off with a bit of raffia.

And voila! Your masterpiece is ready to be devoured.

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  1. Secondhand Sunshine 05/23/2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Haha! Great post. As a Swede I can tell you that we actually eat smörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta very rarely…and that this does not look like one. 😛 This is a cute idea, but nothing like a real Scandinavian smörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta (which have only been made since about the 1970s anyway). This looks a lot more elegant and vegitarian than what we usually do. 😉

    • Erin (ModCloth) 05/23/2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Thanks for the info! I agree that it doesn’t look anything like the typical smörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta I’ve seen! This was definitely my own personal take on the dish. Glad you like it!

    • Rob 06/05/2012 at 10:14 am #

      Hi im also from Sweden and where I come from we eat it quite often 🙂 Birthdays and similar events. Your smörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta looks like a really small one but it is still a smörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta. But the swedish ones use to have a lot more of ham, shrimps and so on. But I like your veggie style.

  2. Emily 05/23/2012 at 1:47 pm #

    this looks AMAZING! Cannot wait to make it!

  3. mountainmae 05/23/2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Fabulous food find!

  4. Laura T. 05/23/2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Totally going to make a vegan version of this for the next potluck I go to.

  5. Jeff 05/23/2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Hmmmm. I’m not sure this will solve my cake cravings.

  6. Jen 05/23/2012 at 5:19 pm #

    This look delicious.

  7. kshap 05/24/2012 at 6:22 am #

    Oh my goodness, this looks so delicious! Cannot wait to try it!

  8. Hannah (ModCloth) 05/24/2012 at 8:22 am #

    This is the best recipe I’ve seen in a while — easy to make, delicious-sounding, pretty, and containing vegetables! I love it.

  9. The Swede Emma 05/24/2012 at 8:36 am #

    A little bit different from the smörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta I’m used to, but a great vegetarian take of it! SmörgÃ¥stÃ¥rta and semla is two of teh greatest swedish things to eat, IMO. 🙂

  10. Julie 05/25/2012 at 8:37 am #


  11. Melissa 05/25/2012 at 7:20 pm #

    Looks so pretty & SO delicious! Thank you for this! =-)

  12. Mitzy 07/23/2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I just tested it, OMG!! It’s sooo deliciuos!! I really like all of your food entries, hope more of this vegan delicious and easy recipes. TYSM!! 😀 <3

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