I’m a big fan of the spectacular Swedish spettkaka. Ribbons of batter piped onto a conical form make-up the unique confection sometimes called a pyramid cake in English, probably because the literal translation of spettkaka is spit cake. That’s a bit unfortunate, but makes sense when you learn the cake is baked on a rotating spit. Popular since the 17th century it’s a specialty of the southern region of Sweden called Skåne and has Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the EU. That means it’s only a spettkaka if it comes from Skåne just as champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France.

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