Crêpe cake with gooseberry ‘jam’

Crêpe cake with gooseberry ‘jam’

Scandinavian Baking
Columbus Leth

Cooking a lot of crêpes takes time, but I find it quite therapeutic. As a child I loved a Scandinavian children’s character called Rasmus Klump, a teddy whose mother is a master baker; she makes the biggest pile of pancakes ever seen. She is my inspiration for this! In my family we call this cake my Rasmus Klump pile. It is wonderful, both fun and tasty.

I make this in late July or early August, when gooseberries are in season in Scandinavia. We tend to make it in a summer house, where there is no oven but there is a definite need for cake!

Enjoy this with whipped cream. You'll need to make the Gooseberry and vanilla ‘jam’ the day before.


Quantity Ingredient
4 eggs
200ml buttermilk
400g plain flour
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely grated unwaxed lemon zest
200ml lager
200ml whole milk
butter, to cook the crêpes
1 quantity Scandinavian jams, Gooseberry and vanilla ‘jam’


  1. Make the crêpes: beat the eggs in a large bowl, add the buttermilk and beat again. Sift the flour, sugar and salt together, then add to the egg mixture with the lemon zest and beat until smooth. Finally, stir in the lager and milk. Cover with a clean tea towel and let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Melt a little butter in a heavy-based frying pan. When it’s hot, add about 5 tbsp (or a big serving spoon or ladle) of batter, rotating the pan gently on its axis to make a large, thin crêpe. Cook until golden, about two minutes, then flip it over and repeat. Set aside. Use the remaining batter to make more crêpes. Stack them on a plate. They will stay warm like this for some time but, if you prefer, you can put them in a low oven.
  3. When they have all been cooked, place the crêpes one by one on a serving plate, spreading the ‘jam’ generously in between each. Do be free with the ‘ jam’, or your cake will be dry. Serve with a flourish.
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