When I was on the Hurtigruten cruise up the west coast of Norway they served a yummy multi layer cake called a daim cake. It is a traditional cake for the area and I was excited to try and find the recipe when I got back and this is what I found on several websites:
- 1 cup ground hazelnuts (I’m sure you could use Almonds like Almondy’s instead)
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cup whipping cream
- 2 cups coarsely chopped Daim (you can buy these at Ikea, otherwise you can use
- any chocolate covered toffee candies like Heath or Score bar)
- 1 Tbsp cocoa
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup powedered sugar
- additional powdered sugar, candy for decoration
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 10” springform pan with baking parchment. In a mixing bowl, combine hazelnuts, sugar, and eggs. Beat until well combined into a smooth, pliant dough. Press dough into the prepared springform pan and bake in the middle of a 400° oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool completely. In a medium bowl, beat cream together with cocoa and vanilla. Beat until stiff, adding powdered sugar to taste (if you substitute hot chocolate mix for the cocoa powder, do not add any additional sugar). Chop Daim coarsely. Stir into whipped cream. Spread the whipped cream mixture evenly over the cooled hazelnut crust. Garnish with additional chopped Daim, or with the chocolate candy of your choice.
The picture looks pretty doesn’t it? Well the problem is that it tasted awful and was only two layers, the crust and the filling. The recipe is missing several ingredients and steps. Even funnier is that I found the same recipe on several websites saying this is a great cake, which means that they never actually made it before re-posting the recipe.
This is why I try to experiment during the off-season, to overcome any bad recipes or enhance good ones and make them the best I can for my guest.