• Almond Cake with Lingonberries

    Lingonberry-Studded Almond Cake (Gluten Free)

    If you had asked me in my youth to define Norwegian food, I would have listed off a number of almond-flavored desserts: towering kransekake wreath cakes served at weddings, layered birthday cakes draped in a sheet of marzipan, buttery fyrstekake…

  • Icelandic Happy Marriage Cake (Hjónabandssaela)

    Icelandic Happy Marriage Cake (Hjónabandssaela)

    The thought of rhubarb takes me back to my grandparents’ garden, a place that surely was dwarfed by the farms that were their former landscape back in North Dakota yet seemed to me the most amazing sort of wonderland. Some…

  • Kladdkaka

    My Favorite Kladdkaka (Swedish Fudgy Chocolate Cake)

    Life is full of reasons to celebrate, I’m convinced of that. It’s so easy to get caught up in the movement and the swiftness of the everyday. Sometimes—as a friend put it the other day—the monotony. But I’m trying to…

  • Swedish Tiger Cake

    A Perfected Scandinavian Swirled Tiger Cake

    I’ve lost track of all the butter and sugar. I started writing about Scandinavian food seven years ago last month. I have no idea how many sticks of butter and cups of sugar I’ve whipped into cakes and cookies since then, but I’ve…

  • Norwegian Sunshine Cake (Solskinnskake)

    Lemon-Flecked Norwegian Sunshine Cake (Solskinnskake)

    My earliest memory is of the sun shining diagonally through the eastern-facing window of my nursery room. The door swings open as my mom steps through. I see it all through crib-slat lines, the geometric triangles of light and the vertical pillars of…

  • Norwegian Success Tart (Suksessterte)

    I started something new this year: a Scandinavian food newsletter featuring recipes and inspiration that you won’t necessarily find on my blog or anywhere else. The last edition went out a few weeks ago, and I’m still thinking about this cake, Norwegian…

  • Bløtkake

    Norwegian Bløtkake with Strawberries and Cream

    When it comes to cake, I know two things for sure: A mediocre one is barely worth eating, and Scandinavia–especially Norway–boasts some of the best in the world. Take the classic Norwegian birthday and celebration cake, bløtkake–which translates roughly to wet…

  • Chocolate Cake with Lingonberry Cream

    Chocolate Cake with Lingonberry Cream

    When I was first setting out to discover my heritage for myself as a heartbroken adult, I gravitated to the recipes, specifically the cakes. There were Norwegian Tosca cake, Swedish brandy cake, and fyrstekake (after a number of years, this is now…

  • Norwegian Apple Cake

    Norwegian Apple Cake (Eplekake)

    She greeted me at the door with baby in arms, a sweet little boy wearing blue and white striped knits. My own baby was dressed similarly, except for the pink. This is the season we are in, a time of babies.…