Norwegian Wedding Cake

Kransekake, also called Norwegian Wedding Cake, is no ordinary cake. It resembles a tower - which inspired yet another name, Tower Cake (tårnkake in Norwegian).

This unusual Norwegian cake is fat-free, flour-free, and made with almonds. Oh did I tell you? It is yummy.

Who doesn't want to serve an elegant dessert?


Norwegian tårnkake is served at many celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas, 17th of May (Syttende Mai), which is Norway’s Constitution Day (National Dag).

Kransekake/Norwegian Wedding Cake (left)


Norwegian Wedding Cake is easy to make using special baking molds. If you don't have the baking rings/molds, place baking paper on cookie sheets and form 18 rings in graduated
sizes to build the tower. Baking Molds (left)

18 ounces (500 gram) ground almonds
18 ounces (500 gram) powdered sugar
4 egg whites

Preheat oven to 300°F. (150°C.)
Whip egg whites some, but not until foamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and egg whites to ground almonds. Work the dough until pliable. Wrap dough in plastic and keep in the fridge overnight. It will be easier to work with chilled dough.

Sprinkle greased forms lightly with cream of wheat. Form dough into rolls the size of your finger and place it into ring-shaped forms that are specially made for tårnkake.

This recipe will make 18 rings, which is standard.

Bake for 20 minutes in the middle of the oven.
Let rest a few minutes before taking cakes out of forms.

Frosting (glaze/glasur)
4.4 ounces (125 gram) powdered sugar
2 teaspoons meringue (egg white)powder*
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon water

* (2 teaspoons meringue powder is equivalent to 1 egg white.)

Mix together and place frosting into a pastry decorating bag. Apply as "cement" or "glue" in a zigzag pattern between layers as you build cake.

If you want your cake less sweet, use only a few dots of frosting on the kransekake rings.

Small Norwegian flags and colorfully wrapped candy
is used to decorate this cake.

How about decorating with flags from your country?

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Serving Ideas Cover the Serving plate with a lace paper doily and place the cake in the middle. Break the largest rings into pieces first and arrange them around the cake along with wrapped candies.

The Norwegian flags are inserted into the kranse cake. See the picture above.

You can have fun baking this traditional Norwegian wedding and/or Christmas cake, but you'll have even more enjoyment serving it as you will receive tons of compliments.

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