If you've ever wondered what other countries serve gingerbread cake, la ménagère débutante (French for "the domestic novice") takes on a Swedish spice cake called mjuk pepparkaka. We've translated the recipe and the measurements for you, so you can enjoy the spice-enriched cake here in the States.
One of my favorite traditional sweets of the holiday season is gingerbread. The mixture of sweet and exotic spices, in my opinion, is one of the most comforting flavors available. Enjoyed with a cup of full-bodied coffee, this is the ideal treatment to combat the darkness and chill of December.
Each Nordic country has a similar cake in its repertoire, but the version that I present today is found mainly in Sweden. Although the cake alone is tasty during a coffee break (or fika in Swedish), it is traditionally served with whipped cream and lingonberry jam. This cake is simply divine.
For a more Norwegian or Danish take, bake it in the heart-shaped mold, sold at Ikea and decorate it by drawing a border all around with buttercream or cream cheese icing. Then, pipe God Jul! (Swedish for "Merry Christmas!") in the center.
Keep reading for her moist spice cake recipe.