Sandwich cake: an incredible appetizer recipe!

Total time: 20 min fridge 1 hr
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4-6
By Cookist

If you think cakes only have to be sweet, think again! This Sandwich Cake is for all those savory lovers who also want their cake (and eat it too!). What is a Sandwich Cake? It’s essentially a giant version of a traditional sandwich. Instead of cake, you have layers of bread, and instead of a sweet filling, you have a creamy savory spread and other ingredients (prawns, fish, and salad ingredients). The Sandwich Cake is said to have originated in Sweden and is also known by many other names: smorgastrata in Sweden, voileivatort in Estonia, Voileipakakku in Finland, and brauoterta in Iceland. The sandwich cake is always served cold and is cut and served as you would a cake.

What is Sandwich Cake

A Sandwich Cake is a large version of a traditional sandwich. Said to have originated in Sweden, it consists of layers of bread and savory ingredients (prawns, fish, and salad ingredients).

The fillings vary, depending on taste. Some additions include liver pate, olive tapenade, cooked shrimp, chopped ham, caviar, tomato, cucumber, cheese, or of course, smoked salmon. It can be made in different shapes too. Some prefer to make it in a round cake tin, but the square and rectangular shapes are still the most popular.

Sandwich Cake variations

You can use any fresh ingredients for the sandwich cake.

  • salami
  • sandwich ham
  • smoked salmon
  • radishes, sliced thinly
  • carrots, sliced and rolled
  • chopped chives
  • pea shoots
  • thinly sliced cucumber


You can make your own spread for the sandwich cake by processing cream cheese with beets of peas to create a smooth, colorful spread.

Feel free to use any bread you like, For this recipe, we used white bread, but rye or wholewheat bread also works well.

For a lighter cake, use a combination of yogurt (or sour cream) and mayonnaise.

How to Store Sandwich Cake

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days. Note that the bread will become soggy because of the moisture from other ingredients.

Can You Freeze Sandwich Cake

It’s not suitable for freezing.

Can I Make It Ahead of Time?

You can make the sandwich cake up to 24 hours in advance. Store the cake in the refrigerator and decorate just before serving.

surimi (imitation crab)
Boiled eggs
tuna fillet in oil
Green olives
60g (4 tbsp)
bread slices
cooked prawns


Add the surimi to the food processor and blend until fine.

Grate the eggs into a large mixing bowl.

Add the surimi, olive oil tuna fillets, green olives pieces, and mayonnaise and mix all together well with a spatula.

Place the slices of bread in a baking tin with cling film.

Spoon some of the filling on top, and spread using a spatula.

Top with another layer of bread, then another layer of filling. Repeat with another layer of bread and filling. In total, there are 3 layers of filling and 4 of bread.

Cover the sandwich cake with the edges of the cling film and wrap it tightly. Refrigerate for one hour.

Before serving, spread the top of the sandwich cake with a layer of mayonnaise.

Then top with cooked prawns and parsley.

Cut on slices and serve.


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