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Danish Birthday Cake (Kagemand)

Old-fashioned and traditional recipe for a Danish Kagemand. A kagemand is a birthday cake traditionally served a children's birthdays parties. Decorated with frostings and candy.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Birthday cake
Cuisine: Danish
Keyword: Kagemand, Nordic birthday
Servings: 6 people


The cake

  • 150 g butter
  • 200 g all-purpose flour
  • 4 dl water
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp sugar


  • frosting
  • candy


  • In a sauce pan; add water and butter and heat it up.
  • When the butter is melted; then add the sugar and all-purpose flour in one step.
  • Mix all the ingredients well together into a sticky flour-butter dough.
  • Transfer the batter into a large bowl and set it aside to cool off a little bit before you continue.
  • Use a hand mixer to mix the batter with the eggs. Add the eggs one at the time. The dough should now be soft and more fluent.
  • Now you need to be a little creative. On the back side of a semi-transparent sheet of parchment paper draw the outline of your Cake Man or Cake Woman. Flip the paper over and place it on an oven sheet.
  • Transfer the dough onto the parchment paper and follow the lines of your Cake Man. Keep in mind that the dough with rise some and expand over the drawn edges. If the dough rises too much, then you can always use a knife to reshape the cake after it is baked.
  • Bake the cake in a pre-heated oven at 200 C (400 F) for about 30 minutes. Don’t open the oven when baking the cake – this will cause the cake to collapse. Sometimes this can also happens after the 30 minutes. However, this is not a big deal the taste is still great.
  • Let the cake cool off and then decorate it with frosting and different types of candy.