Sunday, June 13, 2010

Swedish Birthday Cake – Strawberry Cake “Jordgubbstårta”


Today is my birthday and to celebrate we are making a Swedish Birthday Cake!

The most common Swedish birthday cake is Strawberry cake “Jordgubbstårta,” and depending on the family they put different things as the filling but I put the top 3 fillings that most people use.  My favorite is the Almond Cream.  This is what most kids in Sweden know as birthday cakes.  It is light and delicious and less sugar than frosting.

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Swedish Birthday Cake

Yield: 9 inch cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


Sugar Cake – Base cake
4 tbsp butter
½ cup milk
2 eggs
½ cup and 5 tbsp sugar
1 cup and 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla sugar or 1 tsp vanilla extract

Filling options:

  1. Strawberry jam and strawberries
  2. Whipping Cream and strawberries
  3. Almond cream – “Francipankräm”

Almond Cream “Francipankräm
5 tbsp of sliced almonds
2 eggs
½ cups sugar
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp milk
2 tbsp butter

1 cup of heavy cream
½ of strawberries


Sugar Cake – Base cake
Turn the oven to 350F.  Butter and flour a 9” spring foam pan.  In a bowl melt butter, then add milk and let it sit.  Then in another bowl add eggs and sugar and mix those together.  Then add the butter milk mixture and then the vanilla. Lastly add the flour and baking powder. Pour the batter into the pan.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.  Let it cool before you cut into it.

Quick Version: If you are in a hurry you can always use the store bought yellow cake mix, which is very similar to this base cake.

Filling options:

  1. Strawberry jam and strawberries
  2. Whipping Cream and strawberries
  3. Almond cream – “Francipankräm”

Almond Cream “Francipankräm”
In a bowl mix the eggs, sugar and flour.  In a pot heat up the milk until boil.  Then pour it into the egg, sugar, flour mixture while whisk.  Then pour everything back into the pot.  Let it simmer and whisk until the cream thickens, but do not let it boil.  Mix in the butter and the almonds.  Let the cream cool before you use as filling.

Cut the sugar cake in half so you have a top and bottom.  Then depending on what filling you used add the filling to the middle of the cake.  Slice some of the strawberries and add the slices on top of the filling. Then add the top of the cake.  Whip the cream and add the cream to the top and sides of the cake to cover the full cake.  Decorate with strawberries.

Chill until you serve!


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23 Responses to “Swedish Birthday Cake – Strawberry Cake “Jordgubbstårta””

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    Mitzi — June 13, 2010 @ 6:06 am

    Happy Birthday to you my friend! The cake looks wonderful

    • Delishhh replied: — June 17th, 2010 @ 9:25 am

      Mitzi – Thank you for the birthday wishes!

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    Harmoni og Kontrast — June 13, 2010 @ 7:32 am

    Happy birthday to you! Mmmmm you have a lot of good recipies here, I will come back for more tips:-) Thanks a lot for your lovely comment on my blog the other day, hope to see you again soon! Laila

    • Delishhh replied: — June 17th, 2010 @ 9:25 am

      Harmoni – Thank you for the birthday wishes and yes please do come back 🙂

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    Alyna @ Better Your Blog — June 13, 2010 @ 10:57 am


    This sounds soooo delish! My favorite fruit is strawberries and I for my birthday (which lands on Father’s Day) I love to have Angel Food Cake covered with strawberries, but I’m going to have to try this recipe!

    Enjoy your birthday!
    ~ Alyna

    • Delishhh replied: — June 17th, 2010 @ 9:26 am

      Alyna – Thank you for the birthday wishes. And happy birthday to you this weekend. Let me know when you try it and how it goes.

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    pierre — June 14, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    i love this cake with thses beautiful strawberreis !! bravo Pierre

    • Delishhh replied: — June 17th, 2010 @ 9:31 am

      Pierre – Thank you for coming by. That is my favorite birthday cake!

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    Piper — June 15, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    That looks so yummy!! (and strawberries are one of my fave foods!) definitely going to have to try making this one, thx for sharing.

    • Delishhh replied: — June 17th, 2010 @ 9:41 am

      Piper – thanks for stopping by. Let me know when you try it out and how it goes.

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    D. @ Outside Oslo — June 15, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

    Sounds tasty.

    Thanks for visiting Outside Oslo. I’m working on a rhubarb cake recipe that I hope to share on the blog soon!

    • Delishhh replied: — June 17th, 2010 @ 9:55 am

      Outside Olso – I LOVE rhubarb and can’t wait to read about the recipe. Thanks for stopping by and come back soon.

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    Katharine — June 22, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    I will have to try your cake. I grew up on strawberry and whipcream cakes because my parents are from Sweden. I had a marzapan princessa cake when I was 15. I’m so excited that IKEA sells them now.

    Thanks for adding me.


    • Delishhh replied: — June 24th, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

      Katharine – Really? Do you speak Swedish? I love the princess cake, but i hate marzapan so there are other ways of doing it. I will have to post the princess recipe on here soon 🙂 I am a huge fan of Ikea food section, the funny thing is that i go to Ikea to buy food not furniture :). Thanks for stopping by.

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    Katharine — June 22, 2010 @ 12:57 am

    Oh I forgot.. My mom’s birthday is June 6th. She thought everyone was celebrating her birthday since it was flag day. I always thought that was so cute. She just turned 80 and we had a big party in my backyard. It was lovely!!

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    Nancy King — February 26, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    Problem with ingredients on “Swedish Birthday Cake”

    The Almond Cream recipie is missing an ingredient, milk.

    How much milk goes into this to make the almond cream?

    The directions mentions it but the amount of milk is not written.

    Nancy King

    • Delishhh replied: — February 26th, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

      Nancy – Thank you for noticing this. Sorry about this, it should be 1 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp milk (4 dl). I just fixed the recipe. Again much appreciated for the comment and please let me know how it turns out.

      • Nancy King replied: — February 26th, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

        Thanks for the info.

        My husband made this for my birthday the 25 Feb. We lived in Sweden for many years and he makes this cake every year for me. He found your recipie. We will try the Almond cream another time. We had the most perfect, whipped cream and strawberries with the cake. It was DELISHHH. :>)

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    Sara A — June 9, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    Happy birthday! My family and I lived in Sweden for several years (back in the US now) and my daughter requested strawberry cake for her birthday. I’m making it now (seems to be turning out well!) and noticed one little typo – I think you meant to write ‘add eggs and sugar’. This is the first time I’ve made this cake from scratch and really like the addition of the Francipankräm. Thanks for posting the recipe! My daughter will be thrilled…

    • Carrots and Spice replied: — September 15th, 2017 @ 2:11 pm

      Sara, I am sorry it took be so long to respond but i am back with a new blog and thank you for letting me know.

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