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TypeSpit cake
Place of originSweden
Region or stateScania and Halland
Main ingredientsEggs, potato starch flour, sugar

Spettekaka or spettkaka (spiddekaga in native Scanian) is a local dessert of the southern parts of Sweden, chiefly in the province of Scania (Skåne) but also in Halland. It is an important part of the Scanian culinary heritage.[1] The name means "cake on a spit", and this describes the method of preparation:[2] it is the Swedish variation on the spit cake.[3]


A mixture consisting mainly of eggs, potato starch flour and sugar is rolled slowly onto a skewer which is being rotated over an open fire or other heat source. The dessert thus produced is very dry (similar to meringue). It is then wrapped in a subsequently sealed plastic bag to preserve its dryness. To stay crisp, the cake should only be unwrapped at the actual moment it is to be eaten.

Spettekaka can range in size anywhere from a few inches to several feet in height and over a foot in diameter. The very large cakes are served by sawing cuboids from the cake, leaving as much standing as possible.[1]

Spettekaka is frequently served accompanied by dark coffee, vanilla ice cream and port wine. A hacksaw blade is used to gently saw the dessert into serving-sized pieces, as it will crumble or shatter if a knife is used or too much pressure is applied with the saw blade.

The world's largest spettekaka was baked in Sjöbo, Scania, in 1985, and is mentioned in the 1986 Guinness Book of Records. It was 3.6 m (12 ft) high and baked in one piece.[4]

Skånsk spettkaka has PGI status under EU law.

Other regional varieties[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Spettkaka, a culinary specialty from Skåne
  2. ^ Nilsson, Maia Brindley (11 June 2011). "Top ten Swedish foods to remember". The Local (Sweden). Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  3. ^ Sheraton, Mimi (23 November 2009). "Spit Cake". The New Yorker. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  4. ^ (in Swedish) Ann-Louise Olander, ”Bland socker, ägg och världsrekord”, Ystads Allehanda, 11 Augusti 2008. Consulted 3 November 2011.