• 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.…

  • Norwegian Rhubarb Cake

    Norwegian Rhubarb Cake (Rabarbrakake)

    Amidst almond-scented cakes and recipes featuring plenty of dill, I’ve occasionally veered from the topic of Scandinavian food to talk about writing. As a journalist and creative writer, it’s long been a big part of my life. Lately, with a dear…

  • Cake with Apples

    The Nordic Bakery’s Ginger Cake

    We have entered one of my favorite times of year: autumn. By the time late September arrives, sunlight casts a warm, cheery glow on the cooling Seattle days, and it’s still perfectly reasonable to wear my favorite warm-weather dresses–though perhaps…

  • Bløtkake

    Celebrating with Norwegian Bløtkake

    When I was growing up, my birthdays always involved a special meal (or two or three, to be honest–I love birthdays) and the cake of my choice. There were the assorted decorated cakes–Barbie one year, a pink frosted sheet cake…

  • Cake, May 1956

    A Cake from Gourmet, May 1956

    The ship carrying my dad and his parents from Norway to their new home in the United States docked in New York 57 years ago this month. From that moment on, the family of three would strive to settle into…

  • Verdens Beste Kake

    A Cake for Syttende Mai: Verdens Beste Kake

    Gratulerer med dagen! Wherever you are celebrating Syttende Mai, I wish you a great day. To mark the occasion, I baked you a cake. It’s called Verdens Beste, or World’s Best, which may seem like quite a claim unless you’ve…