Icelandic National Day is coming up in a few days. This annual holiday (Icelandic: Þjóðhátíðardagurinn) was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Jón Sigurðsson. Jón is a major figure of Icelandic culture from the 19th century.
Perfect time to start thinking of ways to celebrate and here we came up with an Icelandic Flag Cake which is a fast fun way to serve during the holiday. 🎈 I decided to make a simple cake in comparison to some of the larger flag cakes I have done before. This cake only requires one baking pan. If you want to have a filling in the center, you can easily slice it in half.
As well, I have lots of raspberries growing on my raspberry bush. So luckily I could use the raspberries for the cake. So I decided to use the red raspberries for the red cross that is on the cake.
As well I purchased fresh blueberries and whipped cream to complete the flag. I decided to use the whipped cream from a can because I was not make a complicated pattern. However, I suggest to add the whipped cream at the very last step. The whipped cream fluffiness will start disappearing shortly after shaking it out of the can. So I suggest to serve the cake right away. 🍴
Icelandic Flag Cake Recipe🌻
🌻 Ingredients 🌻
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1/2 a stick of unsalted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- confectionary sugar and couple drops of water
- whipped cream
See our instructions to making the cake on our video.
- Beat butter and sugar.
- Add 2 eggs.
- Add flour mixed with baking powder and salt.
- Add milk w/vanilla extract.
- Pour batter into a buttered & floured pan.
- Bake at 350 F for approx. 30 minutes.
- Let cake cool.
- Combine confetionary sugar and water to create frosting.
- Add frosting on top of the cake. This will be used to hold the fruit.
- Place raspberries and blueberries to form flag. Fill in the remaining white line to complete the flag with whipped cream.
Enjoy a slice of cake with a cup of coffee.☕ 🥄
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Flatbread (flatkökur or flatbarud in Icelandic or pottbraud) is the oldest type of Icelandic bread. The tradition of baking flatbread in Iceland dates back to the settlement in 874 AD. Flatbread is especially popular in Iceland during the mid-winter festivals called Thorrablot during the month of Thorri, which are held in Iceland during January and February. The Thorrablot begins with Husband’s Day and ends on Woman’s Day.
The Flatbred can be bought in every grocery store in Iceland, and it is most often served with butter, smoked lamb, smoked salmon or trout.
See Karen Grete preparing the Icelandic Rye Flatbread
in our YouTube video
The ingredients for the flatbread are:
- 1 1/2 cup rye flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/8 cup boiling water
- Combine and mix together the following, rye flour, salt, baking powder, and gradually add the boiling water.
- Knead the dough firmly to a smooth ball without cracks and does not stick to the counter.
- Roll out the dough till approx. 2 mm thick. Place a plate on the dough and cut it out to round cakes.
- In order to prevent air bubbles to form on the flatbread you pierce it with a fork.
- Heat a hotplate or frying pan (without any oil or butter) and bake each cake at a very high temperature until there are black spots on the side, which is facing down. Then flip it and bake it on the other side, till it also has black spots.
- Quickly dip the flatbreads into lukewarm water.
- Stack them under a damp cloth to prevent them from drying out.
Enjoy the flatbread with your favorite topping. We served the flatbread as appetizers with smoked salmon and capers.
Making your own smoked salmon bagel sandwich at home is easy and tastes so much better!
* 1 bagel* 2 slices of smoked Icelandic salmon fillet* cream cheese at room temperature* slices of tomato or baby tomatoes* snippings of dill
Slice the bagels in half horizontally and spread 1 tablespoon of cheese over the bottom half of each bagel. Lay snippings of dill on the cream cheese. Next arrange 2 slices of smoked salmon over the cream cheese. Garnish with tomato on top. Spread a little bit of cream cheese on the remaining bagel. This will help hold the tomatoes in place. Then place the remaining bagel halves on top. Cut the bagels in half crosswise and serve.It is that easy!
We had a wonderful time at The Taste of Iceland in Boston. Check out our video to hear more about it too!