Sasha Martin of the Global Table Adventure Blog
Kransekake translates to “wreath cake” and is a centerpiece at Danish and Norwegian celebrations, including New Year’s Eve. The dessert is built of concentric rings stacked to form a cone shape. Sometimes a bottle of Aquavit or wine is placed in the center, and the cake itself is decorated with flags or bonbons. When turned on its side, this treat looks like a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, symbolizing plentiful food. If you want to try Kransekake but don’t want to bake one, Larsen’s Danish Bakery in the in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood sells and ships these complicated cakes.
Happy New Year in Danish: Godt Nytår!
Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated for 2020.