Bløtkake is a celebratory Norwegian layer cake that's decorated with whipped cream and fresh berries. I first had it at a Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) party and have also had it at my husband's family's Christmas parties. This recipe is based on his family's recipe and was transcribed from a scribbley old notecard.
Set an oven rack in the middle position. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Grease a 9-inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
To make the cake: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat together the eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, if needed. Beat in the water. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Gradually sift in the flour and baking powder and fold together with a rubber spatula until just combined. Transfer to the cake pan and bake until the center springs back when you poke it; 1 hour to1 hour and15 minutes. Cool in the pan.
To assemble the cake: Once the cake is cooled, slice in half crosswise. Place the bottom of the cake cut-side up on a cake round or directly onto a cake stand or serving platter. Spread whipped cream on top and dot with a layer of sugared cranberries. Place the remaining half of the cake on top, cut-side down. Spread the whipped cream on the top and sides of the cake to cover. Decorate the top of the cake with remaining cranberries and a few sprigs of rosemary.
Yield:About 6 cups
In a large mixing bowl with a hand-mixer, or in the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla to medium-stiff peaks.
Yield:About 2 cups
Just before assembling the cake, combine cranberries and sugar in a bowl and toss to coat.
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