Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
While I love to decorate cakes, I will usually opt to consume calories of the savory variety. I mean I will totally eat both but if I have to chose I’m Team Potato Chip. So imagine my delight when Jaime introduced me to a food that combined my passion for fancy food presentation and bagel plates. May I present Smörgåstårta, or Swedish Sandwich Cake. I had to make one.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Would you like to know how to make one for your Valentine? Your favorite Mother or Father, or a crowd of Easter Brunchers? Here’s what you do…Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Start with a fresh loaf of dense light rye bread, or whatever you prefer. Store bought or home baked works. This loaf was about 4″ tall by 8″ wide. Slice the top of the loaf off with a bread knife, a level top about 6″ wide.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Use any circular template, like this 6″ cake pan,  and mark around the edge.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Slice straight down all the way around to create the cake shape.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Slice off the very bottom of the loaf to remove the hard crust.

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Slice the bread in thirds, or as many slices as you would like layers.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Prepare the cake plate by adding small squares of parchment paper around edge, and a dollop of whipped cream cheese at the center. Add your first disk of bread.
Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Add a generous scoop of whipped cream cheese to the top center of the first layer. You can use store bought whipped cream cheese or combine brick cream cheese with sour cream in the mixer until it has the consistency of frosting.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
With a frosting spatula, spread the cream cheese out until it extents beyond the edge of the cake.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Add the first layer of filling. We chose salmon but the options are endless. Anything you would like on a sandwich.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Next we added thinly sliced hard boiled eggs.

Add a layer of cream cheese to the bottom of the next bread layer and add to cake.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Next we added another layer of cream cheese, topped with thinly sliced English cucumbers and radishes, topped with another layer of bread with cream cheese spread on the bottom. Just like a giant sandwich! It will look something like this…

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Resist the urge to eat it, there is more to do.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Add a seriously huge amount of whipped cream cheese to the top of the cake and start spreading the mixture out to the edge.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
When you get to the edge, let the cream cheese “fall” over the edge and begin spreading down the sides.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Add more cream cheese and continue to cover the cake until it is completely sealed. Just like a real cake, the cream cheese protects the bread from becoming stale.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Remove the parchment paper to uncover a clean cake plate!

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Now for the fun of decorating. Make some salmon roses by laying out a slice, or several pieces of salmon with the bottom folded up to create an interesting, curled edge.
Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Roll, pinching the bottom and spreading out the top.
Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Add to cake.
Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Make more.
Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Decorate the rest of the cake however you choose. We kept it simple with a circle of capers and a few sprigs of chives and dill but anything goes. This can be prepared the day before and stored, covered in the refrigerator until serving time.

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake
Enjoy, Team Potato Chip!

Smörgåstårta: Swedish Sandwich Cake

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10 Comments

rae

Wow this is actually such a cool idea. It looks so beautiful too, although so much creamcheese scares me as a lactose intolerant person! Haha. How creative. 🙂

Rae | love from berlin

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Jacinda

I’m going to make you and Colleen a lactose-free hummus and pita version. Wish me luck! 😘

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nancy

So beautiful, my kinda “cake”!. And I have everything needed in the fridge too!
BTW, tofu cream cheese might be a possibility for a lactose free alternative too

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Jamie

What kind of salmon did you use? That looks raw but I’m not really into raw fish…. Could I use a smoked salmon and skip the fancy fish roses on top? Lol

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Smörgåstårtsfantast

You say that it can be prepared the day before, I say it should always be prepared the day before (the filling and outside covering anyway, maybe not all the decorative yummies 🙂 )
That way the bread soaks up much more flavor and moistness. And the flavors of the fillings permeate the cake much better. Just a tip from a native Swede.
Smörgåstårta är det bästa som finns!
Smörgåstårta is actually very common when celebrating birthdays or other things here in Sweden, and there are many different recipies..
And if one is hungry for some Smörgåstårta, but not in the mood to make one, we can usually find pretty good ones in our supermarkets. YUMMY! 🙂

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Jaime

Good tip!! Americans are usually more afraid of letting things sit for more than a few hours, especially cream cheese, so this was good to note! Also, i am so jealous you can find them in your grocery stores!!!!

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J Mintuck

I am sorry. I do not know whether to be upset and cry, or laugh. I remember this in the 70’s and early 80’s. People think this couldn’t be good, but IIRC it IS good, despite all the naysayers online. Thing is, the old ones we had way back when were in loaf form and covered with different “icings.”

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