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Blautkake (Norwegian layer cake)
Filed under: - Christmas, - Thanksgiving, - Birthdays, - Dessert, - Egg, - Easter, - Fruit, - Halloween
Posted by: Hild @ 8:32 am

We love blautkake. This yummy Norwegian layer cake can be decorated for any special occasion and we had a Halloween party coming up. For us, a blautkake should have whipped cream filling and a marzipan cover. Hild had the idea that this time she wanted to make a half-and-half cake with a marzipan cover on one half of the cake and a more common (in North America) icing cover on the other half. The other part of the idea was to decorate it with a cobweb pattern and a huge big spider.

Note that “blautkake” translated directly from Norwegian means “soft cake” although Rob prefers to translate it as “soggy cake”. The soggier the better - to a point. Ho-hum.

Sponge Ingredients (for one 20 cm diameter cake with three layers):



Pre-heat the oven to 200 celsius. Whisk eggs and sugar until it thickens. Carefully fold in a mix of potato flour, flour, and baking powder. Fold for an even mix but as little as possible. Melt butter and grease the tin (or use any other way of greasing the tin). Pour the mix into the tin and place it on the middle oven rack. Bake it for 25-35 minutes until it is ligth brown on the outside and baked through. Leave the cake to cool for a few minutes and remove it from the tin. When the cake has cooled down, cut it into three even layers.

This is when one can try different things to decorate the cake evey time. We prepared our layers like this:

  1. Douse the bottom layer with Ribena. We should have used more to make the cake look more “bloody” for Halloween. Whip the cream until it thickens. Cover the layer in a mix of some of the whipped cream and strawberry jam.
  2. Put the second layer on top of the cream/jam layer. To make the middle layer moist, douse it with juice from the mandarins. Spread whipped cream on this layer, spread a layer of mandarin wedges and another layer of whipped cream.
  3. Put the top cake layer on and douse it with Ribena. Spread strawberry jam over the layer and another layer of whipped cream before covering the cake with marzipan. We only covered half the cake in marzipan. On the other half we spread the ready-made icing (vanilla flavour with some of our own red colouring. If we had had yellow colouring we could have gotten a more fun orange Hallween colour).

To make the cobweb effect we mixed icing sugar with black food colouring and some water. Note of caution: don’t overdo the colouring unless you want your guests to go home with black mouths and lips! We had planned to find an edible chocolate spider for extra decoration, but we weren’t able to find one.  So the one in the final photos below is fake fake fake. The cake was definitely nam nam. Keep in mind that leaving any left-over cake covered in the fridge overnight does NOT make it any less nam nam!


1. Dousing the second layer

2. Mandarins in the second layer

3. Dousing the top layer

4. Cobweb icing on marzipan and icing top

5. Finished cobweb icing

6. Spider guarding the cake.

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Filed under: - Thanksgiving, - Alcohol
Posted by: Hild @ 9:18 am


(a la Rob) – 4 glasses

This recipe dates back to our Thanksgiving celebration in Ithaca, New York, in 2001.  Read more about it here:

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Apple Crumble
Filed under: - Thanksgiving, - Dessert
Posted by: Hild @ 9:07 am

Apple Crumble

(from leftover apple sauce and sweet potato topping)



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Pour cold apple sauce into oven proof dish
  3. Spread topping over the top
  4. Bake for 20 minutes until it’s brown on the top
  5. Serve with vanilla ice-cream

This recipe dates back to our Thanksgiving celebration in Ithaca, New York, in 2001.  Read more about it here:

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Papas a la Huancayna
Filed under: - Thanksgiving, - Vegetables
Posted by: Hild @ 8:55 am

Papas a la Huancayna

(a la Kristin)



  1. Fry garlic and parsley
  2. Add paprika powder and nuts
  3. Keep stirring
  4. Add hot pepper sauce to taste
  5. Add salt to taste – salted peanuts is normally enough
  6. Mix potatoes, peanut mixture and mayonnaise

This recipe dates back to our Thanksgiving celebration in Ithaca, New York, in 2001.  Read more about it here:

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Filed under: - Thanksgiving, - Bread
Posted by: Hild @ 8:45 am


(a la Quaker Yellow Corn Meal box) – 9 servings



  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Grease 8-9 inch pan
  3. Combine dry ingredients
  4. Stir in milk, oil and egg
  5. Mix until dry ingredients are moistened
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown (wooden pick inserted in centre comes out clean)
  8. Serve warm.

This recipe dates back to our Thanksgiving celebration in Ithaca, New York, in 2001.  Read more about it here:

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