Written by a gal from NYC living in Sweden, this blog dabbles in Swedish food and culture!
The first time I heard about Radio Cake was on a TV program called Historieäterna, which is all about food from different eras in Sweden. Then last week, I read a short somethin’ about Radio Cake in the paper, Sydsvenskan, so I decided to try out a recipe for this interesting looking dessert. After looking at many websites about Radio Cake, I learned that it’s a true classic, though from which decade, it still remains unclear. Many say the ’50s, some say the ’70s, and others, the ’60s. However, one can find the recipe in the 1945 classic Swedish baking book, Sju Sorters Kakor (Seven Kinds of Cakes/Cookies).
Radio Cake is pretty simple to make. One needs only chocolate, coconut oil, sugar, eggs, and some Marie biscuits. It was named Radio Cake because when cut up, it looked like a radio’s speaker grill. Another idea is that the cake could be eaten silently while people listened to the radio. Personally, I think if one is looking for a “quiet” dessert, I can think of many others that taste much better than this. Also, say what you will, but Marie biscuits do have a little crunch sound to them.Would I make this again? I’m going to say- er… NO. I like chocolate. I like Marie biscuits. I even like coconut oil, but sorry, Sweden, this just isn’t for me!
recipe from http://www.kokaihop.se/recept/radiokaka-2
200 grams coconut oil
200 grams dark chocolate
3 dl (1¼ cups)powdered sugar
25 Marie biscuits
1. Line an oblong bread loaf pan with parchment paper.
2. Melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate over low heat in a saucepan. Let cool.
3. Beat eggs and sugar together, until fluffy. Then, carefully and slowly stir in the chocolate mixture.
4. Spread a layer of the chocolate on the bottom of the pan and then add a layer of Marie biscuits. Continue adding layers, ending with chocolate.
5. Place the pan in the refrigerator and let it set over night.
6. Cut the cake into thin slices and serve right away!