Runeberg cakes (or the skill of Scandinavian countries to appoint dessert-related celebrations)

Today is the 5th of February. And the 5th of February is the birthday of the Finnish national poet, Johan Ludvig Runeberg. And since Runeberg, although he was a Swedish speaking Finn, wrote the text of the Finnish National Anthem, the Finns apparently like to celebrate this day. Which probably say a lot about the Finns and their national identity! National identity, that’s normally something Germans struggle with… I know who wrote the German Anthem, I also know where the music comes from. But celebrate it?

Anyhow, thank god there is a proper way to commemorate it here: the Runeberg Cake. It’s a cake made out of almonds, Christmas spices, icing and raspberry jam. His wife invented it on a day when she didn’t have any other cake at home. What a dedicated wife! Maybe I should invent a cake as well. Especially since cake plays such an important role in Karsten’s family (his father needs two pieces of cake a day! When I first met Karsten’s parents, we were going on a 5-hour drive together. Before we started Karsten’s father went to a bakery and said he wanted to get some rations for the journey. Naïve as I was I though he wanted to buy sandwiches. But he came back with a big box of cake).

So for dessert tonight we tried two of these cakes which I bought in a little bakery around the corner. They were, as expected, quite delicious 🙂


And if you weren’t aware of it: some years ago Sweden appointed the 4th of October to be the official cinnamon bun day. Maybe I should investigate if there is such a thing like a Swiss Chocolate Day as well…

About erdhummel

Familial entropy - that's an insight into our current life which has been fundamentally changed last summer when our daughter was born. Having studied in Cottbus, Germany, and worked/studied in Edinburgh, Scotland, we momentarily live in a small town in Switzerland where Karsten is trying to save the environment and Freddie is trying to save our sanity. Since there is not much time for elaborate, long emails while doing that, we thought a blog might be a good option to smuggle ourselves into the lifes of our friends.
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