Brovst dream cake

Brovst dream cake

Scandinavian Baking
20 pieces
Columbus Leth

The story of this cake is not romantic. In 1960, the leading flour company in Denmark hosted a cake get-together in Brovst for local housewives. A 13-year-old girl from a different town showed up with her granny’s cake and the recipe for it. The flour company were so impressed by this cake that they published the recipe and named it after the town. The girl found out when she saw the recipes on cards at a local shop. The shopkeeper was a bit cross that the flour company had not acknowledged the girl, so he wrote to them. As thanks they posted the girl a box set of recipes.


Quantity Ingredient

For the cake

Quantity Ingredient
50g butter, plus more for the tin
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
250g caster sugar
200g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
200ml whole milk

For the glaze

Quantity Ingredient
100g butter
150g desiccated coconut
225g soft brown sugar
50ml single cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Butter a 35 x 25cm baking tin and line the base with baking parchment.
  2. Melt the butter and leave to cool a little. Beat the eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold it into the batter, then gently fold in the cooled butter and milk. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, put all the ingredients for the glaze into a small saucepan and let it melt together over a low heat, stirring. Make sure the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat. Remove the cake from the oven and spread the glaze over, then bake for 10 minutes more. Leave the cake to cool for 15 minutes in the tin before cutting into squares to serve.
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