1 Feb 2013

Scandinavian Oatmeal Strawberries and Cream Cake

This is my go-to birthday, special occasion, holiday, etc. cake.  It really is an any occasion cake.  It's a Finnish recipe that is a twist on the typical Scandinavian strawberries and cream sponge cake in that it is made with oats. 

Oh yeah, some good for you oats!  That makes this cake almost completely healthy (don't mind all the cream). :)  Little Pilot is giving you a closer look at those whole grains. 

I made this cake for Pappa's birthday and decided to cut the strawberries into heart shapes since his birthday is pretty close to Valentine's Day.  He actually became a Christian on Valentine's Day so he sort of has a birthday then too.  The heart strawberries aren't perfect, but you get the idea, right?

The oats in this cake combined with the simplicity of strawberries and cream make it have delicious rustic and classic taste.  It also comes together real quick which is great if you're short on time.

 If you've read my blog before, you would know by now that I can't have a post without my pilots.  Don't worry, the recipe's coming after I bombard you with just a few pictures of my beautiful babies.

Little Pilot loves to help me in the kitchen.  He got to do some measuring and stirring.  I love these vintage turquoise pyrex mixing bowls that I inherited.

Co-pilot sat in his bouncy chair wondering what his brother was doing.

Here's the set-up in our kitchen:  Co-pilot in his bouncy seat and Little Pilot with his stool.  They're wearing matching Christmas PJs.  You can also catch a little of Nalle in the foreground.  I couldn't get far enough away to fit him in with my 50mm lens. :(

So just a few pics of the boys and now onto the recipe...

Scandinavian Oatmeal Strawberries and Cream Cake:

This recipe comes from a Finnish magazine Kodin Kuvalehti.  The measurements are in decilitres (1dl = 100ml), but I have tried to convert them to US measurements as best as I can.

Ingredients:
Cake:
6 dl large flake oats (approx 2.5 cups) *Look for the large rolled oats - quick oats don't work as well
1 dl vegetable oil (I used canola) (this is 0.42 cups which is a little less than 1/2 cup)
3 tbsp all-pupose flour
2.5 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
3 eggs
2.5 dl sugar (approx. 1 cup)

Filling:
4 dl heavy cream (approx. 13.5 fl. oz. or a little more than 1.5 cups)
0.5 dl sugar (a little less than 1/4 cup)
1.5 l/b freshstrawberries hulled and halved

For the cake:  Preheat your oven to 210 C/410F.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  In a large bowl mix the oats and vegetable oil together.  In another bowl combine the dry ingredients and in yet another bowl beat together the sugar and eggs until frothy.  Then gently combine the egg mixture and flour mixture into the oat mixture.  Pour your batter into your prepared baking sheet and bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.  This cake bakes quickly so you may want to keep an eye on it.  Let cool in baking sheet.

For filling:
Whip heavy cream and sugar together just until soft peaks form.  Try not to over whip or you won't get that nice light, billowing cream.
To make your strawberries into heart shapes, cut the top of your half berry into a v-shape.

To assemble:
Remove cake from baking pan.  I loosen the sides with a knife and lift the whole cake out with the parchment.  Cut your cake in half cross-wise to get two layers.  I like to keep the cake on the parchment and cut right through the paper so that it is easier to handle the layers.  Lay down your first layer facedown on a serving plate and remove the parchment.  Spread a layer of your prepared cream followed by the strawberries in tight rows.  Place your second layer facedown on top of the berries removing the parchemnt and repeat the filling steps above.

That's it! Easy Peasy. :) 

32 comments:

  1. ooh, it's so pretty! And nearly gluten free already. I might have to make one to bring to the kids' Valentine party.

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    1. Hi Gretchen, I have made this cake with potato flour instead of all-purpose. It works, but the cake gets a little more crumbly/has a softer consistency. Leaving the parchment on definitely helps when handling the layers if using potato flour. The taste is just as good though. I hope that helps.

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    2. yep--good to hear--thanks!

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  2. This is absolutely YUMMY looking!! And so adorable!

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  3. The recipe looks really delicious! I gotta be honest, though, I like the one of Little Pilot on his stool with Co-Pilot on the counter the best! I wanna pick up LP and give him a big squeeze! (He reminds me so much of my little brother when he was that age!)

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  4. Oh yum!! I have to try this. I hope you stop by to link- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/01/link-party-5.html
    Nancy

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  5. yes!! oh i'm excited to have this recipe!! i love this cake of yours!! thanks for sharing ♥

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    1. No problem! Everyone is always asking for the recipe so I thought it would be nice to post it.

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  6. Such a beautiful cake. Will have to make for valentine's day. Visiting from tatertots and jello

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    1. Thanks! Glad to have you here.

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  7. Amazing looking cake, and adorable little boys! I've pinned this one! I can't wait to try it! The strawberries are so, so cute! Thanks so much for sharing your great idea! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  8. So festive, and it looks delicious!! Your kids are so precious too. :) What little cuties! I'd love for you to share your yummy recipe at my party: http://www.oneartsymama.com/2013/01/shine-on-fridays-65.html

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  9. First, I have to say your babies are just adorable. And second your strawberry cake looks delicious. I wish I could try a piece now. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Sunday!

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  10. Oh my...I can just taste it now. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Great pictures too.

    Hope you have a blessed day...♥

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  11. So pretty and delicious! Love the heart shaped strawberries especially.
    I'd love for you to come over and share at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party. http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-3/

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  12. Oh that cake looks delicious, and your helper is so cute!

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  13. Oh my goodness, what a BEAUTIFUL cake! Absolutely gorgeous, I love all the strawberries neatly arranged on top, just beautiful! And delicious too, I'm sure! :o)

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  14. Beautiful cake(: visiting from tatertotsandjello (:

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  15. Just the name of this dish sounds amazing. And those strawberries cut into cute little hearts - adorable.

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  16. wow what a beautiful cake, I absolutely love your pictures!

    new follower!

    www.nateandmaryclaire.blogspot.com

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  17. What a gorgeous cake! Pinned ;) Thanks for sharing!
    Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  18. Beautiful pictures for a luscious looking dessert!! Would love to have you share this at What to do Weekends Party. This is a nice dessert for the weekend. Best wishes, Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/01/sweet-and-wonderful-friends-its-time.html

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  19. Wow! I love your pictures, there amazing. This cake looks so delicious! I would love for you to share it at my link party, going on now at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    New Follower,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  20. Your oatmeal cake is lovely. Your images are beautiful too. The pilots are doing good work.

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  21. I know this post is about your oatmeal cake, which I plan to try for Valentine's Day, but the step stool in your kitchen caught my eye. Do you mind telling me where you got that? I also have two little boys (2 and 1) that would love it.

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    1. Hi Laura,
      The stepstool is from Ikea. Here is a link to the one we have: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90241463/. We really like it and Little Pilot drags it all around our house. :)

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  22. What a lovely cake! I would love for you to link up with us at The Hopeless Housewife!

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  23. Thanks so much for sharing! I am definitely going to try this! :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does. Happy baking!

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  24. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks both delicious and pretty. Your little pilots are adorable!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  25. That looks simply divine! Popping over from SNAP to say hi! My grandma was from Sweden and she made things similar to this - but never with the cute heart strawberries!

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  26. Hello,
    so nice to meet you here in blogland, this is my first visit to your blog, and I so enjoyed it. Your lil ones are so adorable, love that pic of him standing on tippy toes on the stool, so sweet.........and this cake...........looks divine....I love strawberries, so definitely gonna have to try this for sure. Sound awesome.
    Thanks for sharing it, and if I can find a place to follow I will be your next follower.
    I am a christian too. So neat that pappa became a christian on Valentines day, perfect
    day for it...............

    Blessings, and come visit me,
    Nellie

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