Friday, June 20, 2014

Baking a cake in Finnish

Here's a recipe for a really good and simple chocolate cake. I think the recipe is originally from a free postcard promoting Fazer chocolate. You can use any chocolate you want, and even experiment with different types of flour.

Make sure you have these:

  • esiliina - an apron
  • kattila tai mikroaaltouuni - a saucepan or a microwave oven
  • kulho tai kaksi - a bowl or two
  • veitsi - a knife
  • vaaka - a scale (Unless you can read the Finnish butter packages.)
  • mitta-astia - a measuring cup
  • siivilä - a sieve (You can also survive just fine without it.)
  • nuolija - a scraper
  • sähkövatkain - an electric mixer
  • kakkuvuoka - a cake form (Mine is round, with a diameter of 24 cm.)
  • uuni - an oven
  • hammastikku - a toothpick
  • uunikinnas - an oven mitten
  • kakkuvati - a cake plate
  • kakkulapio - a cake server

These are the ingredients:

  • 175 g (tummaa) suklaata - 175 g (dark) chocolate
  • 175 g voita  - 175 g butter
  • 4 munaa - 4 eggs
  • 2 dl sokeria - 2 dl sugar
  • 1 dl vehnäjauhoja - 1 dl wheat flour
  • tomusokeria, karkkeja, marjoja, kukkia - mitä tahansa kakunkoristeeksi sopivaa! - powdered sugar, candies, berries, flowers - whatever you can use for decorating the cake!

Here's how to make the cake:

  1. Sulata voi kattilassa tai mikroaaltouunissa. - Melt the butter in a saucepan or in the microwave oven.
  2. Pilko suklaa ja sekoita se voihin. - Break up the chocolate and mix it together with the butter. 
  3. Sekoita, kunnes suklaa on sulanut. - Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Vatkaa munat ja sokeri vaahdoksi. - Beat the eggs and sugar until it's thick foam.
  5. Lisää voi-suklaaseos. - Stir in the melted butter and chocolate.
  6. Lisää jauhot varovaisesti siivilän läpi. - Add the flour carefully through a sieve. 
  7. Sekoita tasaiseksi. - Stir until smooth. 
  8. Voitele kakkuvuoka. - Butter the cake form. 
  9. Kaada kakkutaikina vuokaan. - Pour the cake batter into the cake form.
  10. Paista 160 asteessa noin 50 minuuttia. - Bake in 160 degrees Celcius for approximately 50 minutes.
  11. Voit kokeilla jo aikaisemmin hammastikulla, onko kakku kypsä. - You can check the doneness of the cake already earlier with a toothpick. 
  12. Ota kakku pois uunista ja anna jäähtyä. - Take the cake out of the oven and let cool. 
  13. Koristele kakku ihan miten haluat. - Decorate the cake as you wish. (My favourite is to put random toppings in different cups, sit down to read ladies' magazines and leave the decoration up to to my children.)
Onpa hyvää kakkua! - Man, this cake is good!

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My name is Hanna Männikkölahti. I am a professional Finnish teacher who gives private online lessons and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please read more in and follow this blog, if you want to be the first one to know when I post something new.  

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