13 Nov: Kroppkakor

Today we are cooking Kroppkakor, which translates to body cakes. 🙂 It’s a potato/flour dough filled with facon. It’s a dish that varies a lot depending on where in Sweden you eat it,  this recipe is our version. It makes 6 cakes and will be enough for 3 people, and that may not seam like a lot but they are very filling!

1,5 lbs boiled potatoes
1 cup flour
2 tbsp soymilk
salt/white pepper
1 tsp ground allspice
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1-1 1/2 cup facon
oil for frying

Boil the potatoes and let them cool down (this you could do in advance). Run them through a sieve, you want them really fine. Add the flour and spices, mix it together and then you add the soymilk. Knead the dough together, just a little. Let it rest for a couple of minutes. In the meantime you fry your onion in some oil (it is supposed to be a little greasy). When they’re nice and soft you add your favourite brand of facon, diced (or home made tofu-bacon?). Salt and pepper to taste then put aside to cool down a bit. Now you take your dough and shape it into a loaf, divide into six equally large pieces. Roll them into balls and make a cavity in them fill them with you stuffing. Then you close the ball up and make them nice and round.
Take a large pot and fill it with water, put some salt in and bring it to a boil. Then carefully submerge you cakes in the water. At first they will sink but after about 5-6 minutes they will rise and then they’re done.
Serve with lingonberry jam and melted margarine (I really like my veggies, so I’ll have some grated carrots on the side too).

Today we’re not making dessert because it’s saturday and in Sweden you  eat “Lördagsgodis” (saturday candy). Say it with me: leuurdawgs gouudies. It was created many years ago because some scientist figured out that candy was bad for your teeth (Duh!), and they started a campain to stop overeating. This tradition is still going strong. You can hear it in the stores all the time: -Mom! Can I have some candy? -No dear, you’ll have to wait til saturday!



  1. Your body cakes look deeee-lish!
    That is a great tradition with Saturday candy.

    *pinches a sweety and runs away*

  2. I was wondering, does it matter what kind of potatoes I use? As in, waxy or floury ones? This is just the sort of thing I’d love to eat right now, the weather’s been awful. 🙂

  3. We almost always use floury ones. King Edward’s is the most common kind over here. Good luck!

  4. Wow, här hade man aldrig ens tänkt tanken att det gick att göra egna kroppkakor, och ännu mindre att det gick att göra vegoversion. Gjorde dessa idag, fem av fem, ni gjorde min vecka, puss på er!

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