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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 smÃ¶rgÃ¥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 smÃ¶rgÃ¥stÃ¥rta 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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Haha! Great post. As a Swede I can tell you that we actually eat smÃ¶rgÃ¥stÃ¥rta very rarely…and that this does not look like one. 😛 This is a cute idea, but nothing like a real Scandinavian smÃ¶rgÃ¥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. 😉
Thanks for the info! I agree that it doesn’t look anything like the typical smÃ¶rgÃ¥stÃ¥rta I’ve seen! This was definitely my own personal take on the dish. Glad you like it!
Hi im also from Sweden and where I come from we eat it quite often 🙂 Birthdays and similar events. Your smÃ¶rgÃ¥stÃ¥rta looks like a really small one but it is still a smÃ¶rgÃ¥stÃ¥rta. But the swedish ones use to have a lot more of ham, shrimps and so on. But I like your veggie style.
this looks AMAZING! Cannot wait to make it!
Fabulous food find!
Totally going to make a vegan version of this for the next potluck I go to.
Hmmmm. I’m not sure this will solve my cake cravings.
This look delicious.
Oh my goodness, this looks so delicious! Cannot wait to try it!
This is the best recipe I’ve seen in a while — easy to make, delicious-sounding, pretty, and containing vegetables! I love it.
A little bit different from the smÃ¶rgÃ¥stÃ¥rta I’m used to, but a great vegetarian take of it! SmÃ¶rgÃ¥stÃ¥rta and semla is two of teh greatest swedish things to eat, IMO. 🙂
Looks so pretty & SO delicious! Thank you for this! =-)
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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