Midsummer cake party

Midsummer cake party

By
Trine Hahnemann
Contains
8 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781849493796
Photographer
Columbus Leth

In Scandinavia, to invite people over for a coffee and cake party is a wonderfully old-fashioned thing to do. It is a tradition that was common for my grandparents’ generation.

The parties started around 1890 in Sønderjylland in the south of Denmark, where people were invited to sample 15–20 different cakes and were expected to try every one! Cake parties began on larger farms, primarily because to be able to bake that many cakes you had to have a kitchen maid or other helpers, but also because the large farms had all the eggs, cream, butter, flour and milk. Such a party was simply too expensive for most other people to throw.

The parties evolved to become a popular pastime. When my grandmother was alive, a cake party meant – at the very least – offering some buns; a plain pound cake; a kringle; a cake with marzipan and berries; and a selection of butter cookies, all served in a set order.

In my family, having people over for what we called a ‘cake table’ always happened at birthdays and then also a few times over the summer. The cakes were always served with coffee, or a berry or currant cordial for the children.

I like the tradition so much that I have kept it alive and, at least once every summer, I have friends and family over for an afternoon cake feast. I always hold mine at my grandparents’ house at the beach so, for me, the light, the sounds and the fragrances of summer bring back memories of all my summer cake feasts.

If you were to serve all the recipes in this chapter together, you would feed 10–12 people more than handsomely. In fact, they might well need help getting home…!

Recipes in this Chapter

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