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Swedish Sandwich Cake

Prep time: 1 hour
Nutritional Information:
Approximately 300-400 calories


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The Swedish Sandwich Cake, or Smörgåstårta, is a visually stunning and deliciously unique dish that has become a beloved staple at celebrations across Scandinavia. Originating in the mid-20th century, this creative culinary concept elevates the traditional smörgås into a festive and versatile centerpiece. Known for its layers of flavor and beautiful presentation, the Smörgåstårta is perfect for any gathering, blending the art of Healthy Eating with EatBeat with traditional Swedish innovation.


For the Sandwich Layers:

  • 1 loaf of light rye bread (32 oz), unsliced and a day old
  • 1.06 oz softened butter
  • 1 bunch of dill, chopped

Layer 1 – Smoked Salmon Filling:

  • 3 oz smoked salmon, sliced
  • 1 oz cream cheese
  • 0.88 oz crème fraîche
  • Zest and juice of 1/4 lemon
  • 1 tsp fresh grated horseradish or horseradish sauce

Layer 2 – Avocado Filling:

  • 1 ripe avocado (approximately 5 oz)
  • Handful of chives, chopped
  • 2.12 oz cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Layer 3 – Shrimp Salad Filling:

  • 9.88 oz whole North Atlantic prawns
  • 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1.59 oz mayonnaise
  • 1.41 oz crème fraîche
  • Zest and juice of 1/4 lemon

To Decorate:

  • 2-3 baby cucumbers, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 6.35 oz full-fat cream cheese
  • A few pea shoots
  • Fresh edible flowers (optional)


  1. Prepare the Bread: Remove the crust and cut the bread into 1cm thick slices. Butter both sides of each slice. You’ll need 4 slices for the layers.
  2. Layer the Ingredients:
    1. First Layer: Combine smoked salmon, cream cheese, crème fraîche, lemon zest and juice, and horseradish. Add half of the chopped dill and spread on the first slice. Top with the second slice.
    2. Second Layer: Mash the avocado and mix with chives, cucumber, and lemon juice. Spread this mixture on the second slice and top with the third.
    3. Third Layer: Mix prawns, red onion, mayonnaise, crème fraîche, lemon zest, and juice. Spread over the third slice and top with the fourth.
  3. Decorate: Cover the entire cake with cream cheese. Decorate the sides with cucumber slices and the top with prawns, pea shoots, and optional edible flowers.
  4. Chill: Refrigerate the cake for an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld beautifully.

Serve: This elegant and flavorful Scandinavian sandwich cake is best enjoyed with friends and family, perfect for any special occasion.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

  • Calories: Approximately 300-400 calories

Why Choose This Recipe?

This dish not only showcases Delicious Nordic Meals but also embodies Sustainable Meal Planning. It’s a festive, eye-catching choice that supports Nutritional Balance Recipes, making it a quintessential part of EatBeat Healthy Meals.