Norwegian Cake Bakers Learn Tricks of the Trade
Posted at: 10/17/2012 11:11 PM
| Updated at: 10/17/2012 11:15 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe
What does it take to make the nutty Ambassador Cake? How about the layered fruit and cream cake called a White Lady? A group of Norwegian bakers knows, and they're ready to show them off.
On Wednesday night, a group of bakers met for a baking class in Duluth, perfecting their Norwegian baking craft. It's all in preparation for this weekend's Norwegian Gala. The fundraiser gala at Duluth's Norway Hall is in support of the new Nordic Center.
The center will bring together all things Nordic with representation from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway.
Of course, a crucial part to any party is the food. And the same goes for Norwegian celebrations, which focus on the Kakebord (cake smorgasbord) with dozens of cakes.
Kris Eide and and Oddi Hjellbakk, both Norwegian natives, hosted the cake baking class, as about a dozen women crowded around to learn.
Eide, President of Duluth's Sons of Norway Club, described what makes up a White Lady cake.
"The White Lady cake is covered with marzipan. So, they're rolling out a nut paste into something that looks like a very large pie form, and then they're going to clothe the cake afterward, and dress it with marzipan," Eide said.
Every "graduate" of the baking class has signed on to deliver a freshly made cake for the Saturday gala. The contributions will create a table of at least 30 delectable desserts like the "World's Best Cake", a combination of contrasting textures like slivered almonds, meringue, vanilla cream and sponge cake.
The Norwegian Gala is on October 20 open to the public. Duluth Mayor Don Ness will also proclaim the day to be Nordic Heritage Day.
If you go:
Tickets cost $40 and include a Nordic appetizer buffet, bar and dancing. Tickets are available by calling Norway Hall at (218) 727-9929.