First lets take a moment to consider the magical land of Norway where people so highly regard cake as to have a “National Cake”. Now it gets better cuz in 2002 when the Norwegians voted Kvæfjordkake their national cake they also saw fit to bestow upon this gem the additional tile of Verdens Beste Kake, or “World’s Best Cake”!
Whoa there…the best? Really? In the world? What the…?
O.K. you’ve certainly got my attention. Maybe it’s the fact that our time on earth is limited, as are our resources, that draws us to the idea of the best experiences. If the number of times I eat cake is finite, why would a waste one of those finite moments on anything but the best? Trouble is, ‘best’ is subjective, ephemeral and unattainable, especially when it comes to food. No matter what stance you take you’re fated to be wrong. Plus this cake does not involve chocolate.
This sort of claim just makes me nervous. Still I’m fascinated by the audacity of the Norwegians, usually known for being so socially responsible. What could have compelled this cake-happy nation to take such a risk as make such a lofty
I did a bit of research. It turns out this style of cake has German roots in Himmelstorte and in more modern time is also known as The Blitz Torte. Best or not this cake has many names and is popular all over the world. The Norwegian version was popularized in the 1930s in Kvæfjord, a tiny town in northern Norway, hence the name Kvæfjordkake. It has been a national sensation ever since.
It is a symphony of textures, layers of almond meringue, sponge cake, pastry cream, and cloudberry compote, served with a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream. We’re not as bold as the Norwegians to say “Verdens Beste” but WOW…it is an experience worth having.