Hazelnut Lingonberry Cake is one of our favorite recipes with jam. We love the crunchiness from the hazelnut crumb mix and the sweet tartness from lingonberry jam, which you will be able to taste in the different layers of the cake. Learn how to make a fluffy lingonberry cake with the loveliest crumb and the most berry-licious flavor. We’ll also learn more about the unusual lingonberry, how lingonberries taste, and how to use them.
Hello my friends. You’re undoubtedly familiarized with blackberries, strawberries, and cranberries, but lingonberries are not all that common. What’s the deal with this sweet and addictively tart fruit? Let me tell you a bit more about my affair with lingonberries and why we have a bunch of lingonberry recipes on this site.
If you’re curious about how lingonberries taste, one "famous" recipe using lingonberries is Swedish meatballs which we also made the recipe for you. If you’ve ever been to the little restaurant at IKEA then you know what we’re talking about.
Lingonberries are part of the heather family of plants and grow in America, Europe and Asia, but only up north in the Arctic cold, where no other berry thrives. Lingonberries have grown in the wild in northern Europe but most famously in the lands of Scandinavia.
They look very similar to huckleberries or cranberries, and you might have heard people call lingonberries foxberries, bearberries or mountain cranberries, but they’re all the same brightly colored fruit.
When you think about the taste of lingonberries, think of tart cherries and cranberries. Lingonberries have a sour acidic taste, but they’re slightly sweet as well. You’ll find them fresh in late summer and fall — the longer the berries hang, the sweeter and less bitter.
Since finding fresh lingonberries is not particularly easy, the best way to treat yourself to the Nordic fruit is in Lingonberry jam. After lingonberries are picked, they are cooked like cranberries and sweetened to reduce the tart flavor. The fruit is mashed with sugar to preserve their nutrients. Although we don’t sell lingonberry jam here at Spoonabilities, we do have a few resources below to help you find some, and our favorite is Lingonberry Fruit Spread from Scandinavian Delights.
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What Goes Into a Lingonberry Cake?
Lingonberry jam, just like any other jam, is easy to incorporate into a wide variety of cakes. Cake baked in a tube or Bundt pan is the perfect means to give lingonberries a stage to shine. My favorite? I like the lingonberry taste in mildly flavorful cakes, like pound cakes and sponge cakes.
Below, you’ll find a fun recipe for lingonberry cake, and you don’t need any special ingredients besides the lingonberry jam. Eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla extract - you know the drill. The jam, though, will turn a regular cake into something else entirely!
When to Make Lingonberry Cake?
Lingonberries’ flavor is deliciously compatible with seasonal food, especially fall specialties. A lingonberry cake can be a great way to end Thanksgiving dinner on a sweet note.
Having said that, the vibrant fruit in a light, fluffy bread is also great in warm weather. Serve lingonberry cake dusted with confectioners’ sugar and a pitcher of iced tea, especially if it’s sunny outside, and you’ll see what I mean.
And if you don’t feel like baking today, know that having lingonberry jam around is not such a bad idea. It’s a fantastic spread for toast, and even a topper for ice cream, but that’s another story.
If you love lingonberries too, another dessert recipe to try are Coconut Cream Lingonberry Pops.
What are your favorite ways of using lingonberries? Let us know in the comments below, and if you make this lingonberry cake recipe, let us know by tagging @Spoonabilities on Instagram or comment on this Pin so we can see it.
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Lingonberry Cake with hazelnut lingonberry filling
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Hazelnut Lingonberry Cake brings out the best lingonberry taste from the crunchiness of the hazelnut crumb mix and lingonberry jam center, to the different layers of flavor in the cake.
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- 2+¾ cups flour
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup chopped hazelnuts or almonds
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup room temperature butter
- 1+½ teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 beaten eggs
- ¼ cup Lingonberry Fruit Spread
- Heat oven to 350 F.
- Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt into large bowl.
- Cut butter into small pieces. Then using two knifes, cut the butter in the flour mixture until it is coarse crumbs. Split the crumb mixture in half.
- To one half of the mixture, add beaten eggs, buttermilk and vanilla and beat with electric mixer until well blended.
- To the other half of the mixture, stir in chopped nuts, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and cinnamon.
- Spoon ⅓ of the batter into greased 9 or 10-inch tube pan.
- Spoon ½ of the jam over center of batter and sprinkle with ⅓ of the crumb/nut mixture.
- Repeat layers.
- Top with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining crumb/nut mixture.
- Bake 45 to 50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 50
- Category: dessert
- Method: baking
- Cuisine: Scandinavian
Keywords: bundt cakes, cake with jam, jam filled cake, lingonberry recipes
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Yum! So moist, soft and fluffy! The hazelnut flavor is like heaven.
Yes Tara, the hazelnut flavor does take the lingonberry cake to a higher level :)
I love lingonberries but hardy anyone has heard of them! The cake looks delicious, perfect with a cup of coffee.
It is true Beth that lingonberries are not known much this side of the world. Hope you get a chance to make the recipe.
Thanks for such a lovely and unique recipe. New recipes are always a welcome. Cant wait to try this one for sure.
Good to hear from you again Veena. Enjoy making the lingonberry cake!
This was the first time I baked with lingonberry, and the result was terrific. We loved the cake!
That is great to hear Tavo! Any time our recipes are loved we have a big smile on our faces.
Yum! My first time using lingonberry as an ingredient and I really enjoyed the sweet-tart flavor. A great cake recipe - thanks!
You are very welcome Sharon. So glad you like it. We have a couple other lingonberry recipes here too.
This cake looks absolutely delicious - so homey and perfect next to my coffee right now :)
Hi Natalie! Thank you for stopping by again:) we love seen you here. Yes, this cake is amazingly delicious!