This is a Norwegian cake from my cookbook, "Sweet Paul: Eat & Make"!

This cake was awarded the title of Norway’s National Cake a few years back. It’s called verdens beste in Norwegian, and I agree that it just might be the world’s best. You may be skeptical of its superiority, since it isn’t iced as are many American cakes. When we photographed it, I left it at the studio apartment of Alexandra Grablewski, this book’s photographer, and the next day she confessed to having eaten two huge servings. “I guess the Norwegians are right,” she said.

Let's Make a "World's Best Cake"... a Norwegian Classic!

"World's Best Cake" is a Norwegian classic! It’s called verdens beste in Norway -- I didn't give it the name, it actually won a national cake competition years and years ago. Layers of moist sponge, light and crisp meringue, almonds, and heavenly vanilla cream come together into something really MAGICAL! You're just going to have to try it out yourself! <3 Get the recipe via the 'Learn More' link at the end of the video!

Posted by Sweet Paul Magazine on Thursday, January 21, 2016

You will need:

10½ tablespoons (1 stick plus 21⁄2 tablespoons) butter, softened

12⁄ 3 cups granulated sugar, separated

11⁄ 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

5 large eggs, separated

1⁄ 3 cup whole milk

1⁄4 cup sliced almonds

1 cup heavy cream

1⁄2 vanilla bean

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F, with a rack in the middle position. Line an 8-x-12-inch baking pan with parchment paper. I recomend not using glass pans, use metal.
  2. Beat the butter and 2⁄ 3 cup of the sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well on low speed.
  4. Mix in the egg yolks and milk.
  5. Scrape the batter into the baking pan.
  6. In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites and the remaining 1 cup sugar to soft peaks. Spread on top of the cake layer. Sprinkle with the almond slices.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown and puffed. Cool on a wire rack in the pan. Transfer to a cutting board.
  8. When the cake is cool, put the cream in a medium bowl and scrape in the vanilla seeds. Discard the vanilla pod. Beat to soft peaks with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes.
  9. Cut the cake in half crosswise with a serrated knife. Place one half of the cake on a serving tray and cover with the cream. Place the other half, meringue side up, on top.
  10. Let the cake sit for 1 hour in the fridge before serving.

TIP:

Add some strawberries or other fruit to make this cake even more “BEST”!
Photography by Alexandra Grablewski & Paul Lowe

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