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Danish Layer Cake (Dansk Lagekage)

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“My aunt is Danish and moved here when she was child. So when she married my uncle, they raised their kids with both American and Danish experiences. So part of the Danish side of this is having this INCREDIBLE Danish layer cake for their birthdays. So this really has become a tradition in my family and I finally found a recipe that I LOVE. I actually make the cake with 3 layers though the recipe says you can make up to 6 or 7. We always put the birthday person's favorite candy on top so you can choose whatever you'd like. I always pick either Kit Kats or Gummy Worms since those are my favorite. I also tend to put fresh berries and chocolate chips on top. It's absolutely delicious! Enjoy!! I got it from this site: http://www.plu.edu/--scancntr/nordic-culture/danish-layer.html”
READY IN:
1hr 15mins
SERVES:
4-7
YIELD:
1 cake
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cut 5 or 6 pieces of wax paper and draw an 8" circle in each. Have available a large cookie sheet or jelly roll pan that will accommodate two wax paper sheets.
  2. In mixing bowl, cream softened butter with sugar and beat until fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Mix in flour and baking powder and beat until well blended. (Do not over beat.).
  4. Divide cake batter among the 5 or 6 wax paper sheets. Spread batter into shape of circle and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees about 9 or 10 minutes until golden around edge and cake springs back when touched.
  6. Remove from cookie sheet and cool. Repeat for remaining batter.
  7. Take 1st round of pastry and place on cake platter.
  8. Spread some raspberry jam on top and then some vanilla pudding.
  9. Repeat same with 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th layer.
  10. Place 6th layer of pastry on top and frost top layer with a layer of icing (omit one layer if making only 5 layer cake).
  11. Beat whipping cream until stiff and frost sides of cake with whipping cream.
  12. You can decorate the cake as to what the occasion calls for - Danish flags, candles for a birthday, cake sprinkles, etc.
  13. Cake can be assembled ahead of time (without the whipping cream) and refrigerated. The flavors blend and it tastes somewhat like trifle. Frost sides of cake with whipping cream just before serving.

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