Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Täytekakku - Filling Cake

This is a relatively easy cake to construct. I first happened upon it in Finland and came across it at many celebrations for birthdays, confirmations and Christmas. But, although I had previously tried to make it before, for some reason, I just couldn't get it right. When my "sister", Laura, came to visit the other weekend, I insisted that she show me how to make it.

It is simply 2 sponge cakes each cut in half to make four layers. Each sponge is then doused in either a sugar syrup or a juice of sorts especially around the edges. (I believe that this is the step that I had always missed and why I could never get it right.) Then fruit is piled on the bottom sponge, a dollop of cream spread over the top of it and the next sponge is placed on top. Any combination of fruit works very well. We used raspberries for the first and third layer, and a jar of Ikea cloudberry jam as the second layer. Once all the layers have been constructed, cream is used to "ice" the cake and tinned peaches and left over berries to decorate.

I like to think this cake as relatively healthy compared to a traditional birthday cake with mounds of buttercream icing on top and not a piece of fruit in sight. It is also amazingly light, the sponge soaks up the fruit flavours and if truth be told, I like to call this a Finnish trifle. Except, it looks so much more appealing and regal. From now on, I'm going to adopt this as a birthday cake of choice!

I'm also entering this into Foodography 9 hosted by Andrew. All entries can be found over at Flickr.

5 comments:

jenjen said...

Bonnie, this cake is mouth-watering. What an awesome job! Now if only you could send some over this way...?

Monkey Gland said...

Ok, so kinda like a deconstructed sherry trifle, but without all that messing about with jelly. I like it.

Alanna said...

Finland? What's your Finnish connection? I stopped in my RSS reader, seeing the name. This is the cake that makes its way onto every "coffee table" ... and every birthday, table, yes, too, at least while I lived there.

Bonnie said...

Hi Alanna! Yes, I was fortunate enough to live there as a Rotary Exchange Student in 1999 for a whole year. I lived with 4 different families and I have many more Finnish recipes to follow: including Pulla!!

When were you there? And what's your connection??

Alanna said...

Hi again ~ Sorry, thought I'd answered this, maybe the blogging gremlins snatched the comment from the air! But GET THIS: I was also a Rotary Exchange student. (Did you get to go to Vitakiivi? sorry, am forgetting the spelling ... I met my dear friend Hilary there ... ) And I also lived with four families, actually three families but one, twice. And I've been back several times, keep up with all three families, especially one. I lived in Vantaa, went to Tikkurila school ... feel free to e-mail me, would love to continue the conversation, also introduce you to a couple of food blogs you might not yet know ...

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