Dreamcake from Buddinge

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I made this cake for my knitting group the other day and they seemed to love it. So I thought I might share it with the world in English. It is a traditional Danish recipe and a quick Google search turned up nothing in English – so here goes!



  • 450 g sugar
  • 500 g flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp vanilla sugar (powdered sugar with vanilla in, often used in Danish recipes – can be bought in Waitrose. Or you can use vanilla essence instead.)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 300 g melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 375 ml milk


  • 200 g melted butter
  • 100 ml brewed coffee (brewed instant coffee will work just as well)
  • 2 ½ tbsp cocoa
  • 3 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 200 g dessicated coconut
  • 275 g icing sugar


  1. For the cake mixture, begin by mixing the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, baking powder, vanilla sugar and cocoa)
  2. Melt the butter and mix it with the other wet ingredients (eggs and milk)
  3. Prepare the baking tray by lining it with baking paper. This is a big portion of cake and it’s supposed to be rather thin so the mixture shouldn’t fill out more than 3 cm at the bottom of the baking tray. In Denmark we have this type of baking tray that fills out the whole oven and is perfect for this type of cake. But I would suggest using 2 British normal size baking trays.
  4. Turn the oven on at 190 degrees Celsius (gas mark 6)
  5. Then mix the dry and the wet ingredients together and pour into your baking trays.
  6. Bake them in the oven straight away for 20-25 min. You might have to give it a bit longer in a gas oven. To check that the cake is done you can stick a fork into the middle and if it comes out clean – it’s done!
  7. Prepare the icing by mixing all the ingredients together (melted butter, brewed coffee, cocoa, vanilla sugar, dessicated coconut and icing sugar).
  8. Let the cake cool off and then butter the icing in an even layer.
  9. The cake can be eaten straight away but should be kept cool (fridge is good). You can also freeze it.

I hope you will enjoy this recipe and if you have any questions or troubles making it – post a comment!