Today, I would like to share a recipe which is, and has been, really popular for many years in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Especially, in the 90ies this cake was super popular and I remember have had it many times in my childhood.
Why you should use raw squash in a cake
I personally like this cake because it is very moist and soft from the fresh and grated squash. Also, the squash gives the cake a special and alternative taste from most other cakes - a fresh and delicious taste if you ask me. Together with the grated squash this cake also have chopped walnuts and hazelnuts which gives it a crunchy feeling. On the top, the cake is smeared with a homemade and very delicious cream cheese topping.
All the above together makes this one of my absolute favorite cakes from my childhood. I can absolutely recommend you to trying it.
I am actually not sure if this cake is particularly only related to the Nordic countries but I have never seen it anywhere else in the world. If you know where this cake is original from I would be happy to hear from you in the comments section below.
The recipe for Nordic Squash Cake
It takes a little time to make this cake but it is actually not that difficult. In a large bowl; you start by whisking eggs, suger and oil together into a fluffy and airy mixture. Rinse and clean the squash and then grate it on the coarse setting on your grater. In the batter; add the squash together with the chopped nuts. Then add the baking soda and powder, all purpose flour, cinnamon, and some salt. Pour the batter into a butter coated circular baking dish. While baking the cake then you can prepare the cheese topping. Mix together the cheese, butter and icing sugar - keep it in the fridge and spread it on the cake just before serving.
Serve this cake together with a hot cup of coffee or tea. I hope you enjoy it and let me hear from you in the comments section what you think.
Nordic Squash Cake with Nuts and Cheese Topping
The Squash Cake
- 1 zucchini squash
- 50 g walnuts
- 50 g hazelnuts
- 3 eggs
- 200 g sugar
- 2 dl sunflower oil
- 325 g all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp natron (baking soda)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
The Cheese Topping
- 100 g natural cream/soft cheese (like Philadelphia cream cheese)
- 25 g butter
- 250 g icing sugar
The Squash Cake
- In a large bowl; whisk together eggs and sugar into a airy and fluffy mixture.
- Add the sun flower oil and whisk again.
- Rinse the Squash and grate it using the coarse side/setting on your grater.
- Coarsely chop the walnuts and hazelnuts.
- Add the grated squash and the chopped nuts into the egg mixture.
- In a second bowl; mix the all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Gently mix the flour mixture with the squash batter.
- Coat the inside of a baking springfrom (or similawith butter or spraying oil. The diameter of the baking pan should be about 25-30 cm (10-12 inch)
- Pour the batter in the baking pan and bake the cake for about 40 minutes at 175 C (350 F).
- When done; let the cake cool off before adding the cream cheese topping.
The Cheese Topping
- In a bowl; mix the cream cheese, butter and icing sugar.
- Keep the cheese topping the fridge and spread it on the cake just before serving it. Once the topping is smeared on the cake you should keep the entire cake refrigerated - preferably in an air thigh container or under a sheet of plastic.