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Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

Loreto June 10, 2018

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Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake, beautiful to the eye and layers of flavors and textures to feast on. At first glance, you think wow this is a wonderful cake, but then you look closer and you realize this is savory with notes of smoked salmon and dill, radishes, egg salad and chives tweaking the flavor at each stop! Truly a work of art! Welcome to Eat the World and this month’s stop to Sweden.

Song of the day: “Mamma Mia” by ABBA.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake, truly brings the artist out of you. Intricate layers united by a cream cheese/yogurt spread stepped up in flavor with the moistest and delicious salmon you could ever taste. Add an egg salad and a most beautiful array of color and poise on top, and we have a real surprise in taste and texture. Come with us, let’s Eat the World and experience Sweden together!


For us, in the food world, we could not have been delivered a more sad note than finding out Anthony Bourdain had passed tragically. Traveling the world and taking us all on an adventure of food, culture, and sharing was his forte! Anthony had a way to capture you with his words, and take you on a journey meeting people from all over the world in a most intimate and interactive way sharing with us the beautiful, unique lives, and ever so delicious food. I was always excited for “Parts Unkown” Anthony’s show, and could not wait to find out where he would take us next. I was a true fan and often said Anthony Bourdain had my dream job and that if he ever needed some help I was always available.

I have always been captivated by culture, not only in the true sense of the word but also in the totality that culture has to offer. Spirituality, everyday life, and the foods that represent the people of the world will always be in my heart. I hope wherever you are, Anthony, you are at peace, you were truly a gift to us foodies and I am sure all of us with Eat the World feel the loss of a truly great inspiration and person……… This one’s for you, Anthony!

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

This is our recipe pick this month as we travel to Sweden with our group Eat the World. It is always a task when we find out the country of the month. Not that it is hard finding recipes, but there are so many to choose from. As Nicoletta and I research we try to find a recipe that truly spikes are passion and this Smorgastarta did just that. We were really inspired by Adam Liaw who has a show on Gusto TV and in one particular episode he was in Sweden and they were making this savory sandwich cake.

There are many ways to compose Smorgastarta utilizing ingredients found in the country. When we think Swedish we always think meatballs and potatoes, gravy, and smoked salmon but there is so much more to the cultural cuisine. After looking at many recipes and seeing the different combinations for this Smorgastarta we decided on smoked salmon, radishes, chives, carrots, pea shoots, and an egg salad. Nicoletta was so excited to assemble this one. We both worked on putting this together, but Nicoletta put the finishing touches decorating the top.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake


One thing that you need is a good sliced white bread. You could use a multigrain or rye or whatever your heart desires, but traditionally white bread is used. I was quite surprised at how easy this was to make and it took very little time. In the roster of ingredients are:

  • sliced white bread, crust cut off
  • smoked salmon with dill
  • chopped fresh chives and a few long sprigs for decorating
  • eggs
  • mayo
  • parsley
  • lemon juice
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • cream cheese
  • radishes
  • pea shoot greens

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

It is time to get everything together before we assemble this Smorgastarta

  1. The salmon is chopped nice and fine and combined with some of the yogurt/cream cheese mixture, taking a few of the fillets and making these beautiful rosettes.
  2. Egg salad is mixed up with some mayo, parsley, lemon juice, and seasoning.
  3. The radishes thinly cut into rounds.
  4. Some filleted carrots, pea shoot greens, and I believe we are ready to assemble this baby.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

Let’s have some fun and create this beautiful Smorgastarta!

  • So, first layer a nice slathering of the yogurt and cream cheese, a sprinkle of chopped chive which we got out of our own garden.
  • Next, the smoked salmon creamy mixture.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

  • I love the colors happening right now and it smells so so good. Down go a few more slices of the bread and we are ready for level two.
  • Again, a nice spread of the yogurt cream cheese mixture which helps hold the layers together, some more chives. On goes the egg salad and layer two is complete.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

This is looking so good and from the aroma of all those amazing flavors, I can’t wait to dig in.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

The last layer and the most fun, this is where Nicoletta comes in and releases her inner artist. Look at how beautiful she created the top with those radish rounds, carrot strands, pea shoot greens, smoked salmon rosettes and finally some chives. Doesn’t it look absolutely amazing?. Nicoletta did a fabulous job, I almost hate to cut into it.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

Look at those layers so colorful and aromatic from that rose color of the smoked salmon layer to the golden hue of the egg salad, and finally the colorful and so delicate top layer. I am sorry, I have to taste it.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

Mamma Mia, this is so delicious! The bread light and tender, a great foundation for what’s to come.  The yogurt/cream cheese so creamy and kicked up with those chive notes. That salmon is like butter to my tongue just melting and the dill coming through ever so gracefully. The egg salad is velvety and those wonderfully cooked yolks adding such a richness to the mix while the whites giving texture. I love how the pea shoot greens add a bit of sweetness and freshness alongside the carrots, and those radishes coming in with that peppery crisp hit. The rosettes just give us another deeper level of salmon flavor, and I have to say Sgambaro’s, which is the brand we bought from the Italian Centre Shop, really knows how to prepare the smoked salmon. Truly a premium product and one I highly recommend you try.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

This Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake is just the thing to wow your guests at your next dinner party. At first, they will think you are serving them dessert first but when they get a smidge of the aromas emanating from this dish they will realize you have created a wonderfully savory delight for them to feast on and they will truly feel special as they experience each and every delectable and artistically presented layer of this cake.

Thanks to Evelyne, and Eat the World, we are discovering the world of food one Country at a time and can’t wait for next month’s stop. Release your inner artist and have some fun creating this Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich cake!


Song of the day: “Mamma Mia” by ABBA.

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

  • Author: Loreto and Nicoletta
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizers, Fish
  • Method: No-bake
  • Cuisine: Swedish


Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake, truly brings the artist out of you. Intricate layers united by a cream cheese/yogurt spread stepped up in flavor with the moistest and delicious salmon you could ever taste. Add an egg salad and a most beautiful array of color and poise on top, and we have a real surprise in taste and texture. Come with us, let’s Eat the World, and experience Sweden together!


  • 12 slices white bread
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup (227 g) cream cheese

For the salmon layer:

  • 150 g smoked salmon (plus 20 g for decorating the top)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt/cream cheese mixture
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • touch of pepper

For the egg salad layer:

  • 3 boiled eggs, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp parsley, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper to taste

To assemble:

  • smoked salmon rolled into rosettes
  • 23 small radishes, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced and rolled
  • a sprinkle of chopped chives, plus some longer strands
  • a handful of pea shoots


  1. Cut the crusts off of the sliced white bread. Please note that you can use the crust to make croutons or breadcrumbs.
  2. Mix up the salmon mixture and refrigerate.
  3. Make up the egg salad and refrigerate.
  4. Assemble 4 slices onto a large square dish.
  5. Take salmon mixture and egg salad out of the fridge.
  6. Spread some of the yogurt/cream cheese mixture all over the bread slices and sprinkle with some of the chopped chives.
  7. Take the salmon mixture and spread it on top of the yogurt/cream cheese layer, and place four more slices of the bread on top.
  8. Again, spread the yogurt/cream cheese mixture, and sprinkle some chopped chives. Take the eggs salad and spread it on top creating the second layer.
  9. Add the last four slices of bread, spread the last of the yogurt/cream cheese mixture and decorate the top with the radish rounds, pea shoot greens, salmon rosettes, carrots rolls, chopped chives, and strands.
  10. You can follow what we did as you can see in the pictures, or use your own creativity and make it your own. Refrigerate.
  11. Ready to serve.



  1. You can use a bread of your choice also, but keep in mind this cake is quite substantial and a heavier bread may take it over the top.
  2. You can use different ingredients such as shrimp and cucumber and the cake can be decorated to your liking. Just remember have fun, and enjoy how your creativity plays itself out.
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Smorgastarta, Swedish Sandwich Cake

Check out all the wonderful Swedish dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Click here to find out how to join</a> and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!

Wendy: Rabarberpaj
Camilla: Fläderblomsglass (Elderflower Ice Cream) for Midsommar
Tara: Våfflor (Swedish Waffles)
Heather: Korngryn och rotsaker (Pearl Barley with Roasted Root Vegetables)
Juli: Färskpotatis – Swedish Dill Potatoes
Evelyne: Swedish Egg Coffee recipe
Loreto and Nicoletta (Us): Smorgastarta – Swedish Sandwich Cake
Amy: Rödbetssallad med Getost (Grated Beetroot Salad with Goat Cheese)

Margaret: Swedish Meatballs with Cream Gravy: A Taste of Sweden

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    Reply Juli June 10, 2018 at 8:21 am

    That looks so gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to try one out.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 10, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Thank you I highly recomend trying this so delicious!

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    Reply Heather June 10, 2018 at 9:31 am

    That is absolutely beautiful!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 10, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Thank you!

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        Reply Debra Hartzell October 7, 2019 at 7:43 am

        I made this for a bridal shower. I customized it for our group size and taste. Mine was made with 36 slices of bread. Each layer had 9 slices. I filled it with chicken salad, egg salad, and pimento cheese. I topped it with a Hungarian spread (cream cheese, little bit of onion, and sweet paprika). It was delicious, beautiful, and easy!

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    Reply Wendy June 10, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to Anthony Bourdain and what an absolutely stunning sandwich. How impressive would this be to serve at a baby or bridal shower??!!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 12, 2018 at 6:10 am

      Hi wendy thank you so much for those lovely words, and I agree this would be a fabulous cake to serve at a baby or bridal shower and the options and variations could really highlight the event. Your guests would be so surprised that it is savory!
      Have a great day!

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    Reply Amy's Cooking Adventures June 10, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    I’m so happy someone made the sandwich cake!!! Great work!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 12, 2018 at 6:06 am

      Hi Amy it was truly our pleasure. We had alot of fun making it and eating it as well,lol. Thanks for taking time to check it out.
      Have a wonderful day!

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    Reply Tara June 11, 2018 at 6:19 am

    Such a beautiful Smörgåstårta! I just love how you decorated the top!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 12, 2018 at 6:05 am

      Hi Tara it was all Nicoletta she loves being artistic and I agree the top looks so beautiful!.
      Happy cooking!

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    Reply Evelyne June 11, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Wow Loreto, I am so happy someone took on the Smorgastarta challenge and you made it look and taste spectacular. The prettiest sandwich ever! It’s really stunning and a great contribution to this month’s challenge. I am sure Anthony would approve, still in shock from the news.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 12, 2018 at 6:03 am

      Hi Evelyn thank you! Your words mean alot to us and we are so pleased to be part of your project. We looked at a lot of recipes bbut thos smorgastarta stuck with us and we are very please with how it turned out. It was so delicious and beautiful. I didn’t want to cut into it but my curiousity got the best of me and had to test the flavors. My smile after tell it all. Thanks for sharing your experience. I too am still in shock about the news of Anthony, he was a true inspiration to me.
      Have a great week!

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    Reply Camilla June 11, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    What a fun recipe! I can’t wait to try this for my table. Nice job.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 12, 2018 at 5:57 am

      Thank you Camilla, Nicoletta and I had so much fun creating this, and I was surprised how quickly the whole thing came together, and I have to say Nicoletta di a wonderful job with the final top touches, it is so beautiful and inviting.
      Happy cooking!

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    Reply Milena Perrine June 25, 2018 at 8:13 am

    I don’t know how I missed these elegant sandwiches, but I am going to make some right now! When you realize you already have the ingredients (we rarely ever go without radishes, lol) it must be some kind of a sing, right? Beautiful work, I’d love to visit Sweden some day. Pinned!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto June 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Milena us too we have been through the airport and it is so nice, can only imagine the landscape and pretty towns. As for this Smorgastorta it was absolutely divine to look at and eat! Thank you.
      Have fun making this one.

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    Reply Bernie May 1, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    I am dying to do this beautiful cake for a ladies luncheon. I have no clue as to what to serve with it. I been thinking for a year…I give.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 2, 2019 at 7:41 am

      Thank you for your interest! It is a beautiful sandwich cake indeed. Hope you get the chance to make it. We would serve it with a salad, or a ceviche, or some small bites like the ones you see at a High Tea (gougères, tartlets, savory scones). Let us know how you do!

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    Reply Lou Falkiner October 4, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Can this be refrigerated overnight?

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta October 4, 2019 at 6:52 am

      Yes, sure, just as long as it’s covered so it doesn’t dry out. We refrigerated leftovers in a Tupperware, but also plastic wrap would work.

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    Reply Debra October 7, 2019 at 7:44 am

    I made this for a bridal shower. I customized it for our group size and taste. Mine was made with 36 slices of bread. Each layer had 9 slices. I filled it with chicken salad, egg salad, and pimento cheese. I topped it with a Hungarian spread (cream cheese, little bit of onion, and sweet paprika). It was delicious, beautiful, and easy!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta October 7, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Thank you so much for your feedback! What a great idea to make it for a bridal shower. It looks impressive, and the beauty of it as that you can adapt it, like you did, to people’s taste. Awesome!

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    Reply Suzanne Brown November 3, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Fab recipe I have a son who doesn’t like cheese He loves spice and meat Please would I have to mix the meat with something so it wouldn’t be dry and any idea what I could use for the frosting instead of cheese Thanks

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 3, 2019 at 11:27 am

      Hi! Thank you for your interest. We would go with a good quality mayo or a labneh for the frosting. We have a recipe for the labneh on the blog. For the meat, go with a thinly sliced cooked ham or corned beef. They are pretty moist and tender. Have fun creating your own and let us know!

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    Reply Ronda August 23, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious. We both love pickled herring and smoked salmon.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta August 24, 2020 at 7:04 am

      Oh nice! Both would be good in a Smorgastarta! It is such a delicious savory cake!

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    Reply Samantha September 22, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Wow! This is such an amazing idea! The sandwich cake is sooo pretty and a million times better than a plain old sandwich for a picnic or afternoon party. Love it!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 4, 2020 at 7:42 am

      Thank you so much! It is truly pretty when you present it to the table and tastes so so delicious!

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    Reply Chelle Thompson December 2, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    I love the look of this sandwich cake!! It’s so creative and looks delicious. Perfect for a party where you really want to impress your guests with something unique. I’ll have to try this!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 4, 2020 at 7:43 am

      Thanks! Yes, everybody will be impressed by the look, and then the taste of this Smorgastarta! Hope you make it!

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    Reply Becky December 6, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    I really want to try this for my ladies neighborhood lunch. What would you serve with itt?
    Appetizers,, sides, dessert? Thanks

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta December 6, 2020 at 8:05 pm

      Hi! We think it would be perfect with some appetizers, or tea treats, small bites, finger foods. And of course, dessert. But also an interesting salad with fruit would work well. Hope you make it and let us know!

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