Norwegian Hole Cake – Norway Christmas Recipe

Enjoy the recipe from Norway. This is a special type of cake with a hole in the center.



  • 100g of treacle
  • 65g of margarine or butter, melted
  • 40g of fresh yeast
  • Or 20g of dried yeast with 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 300ml of milk 
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground fennel seeds or ground aniseed
  • 225g of plain flour
  • 750g of strong white flour and rye flour mixed together


  • 4oz of treacle
  • 2 ½ oz of margarine or butter, melted
  • 1 ½ oz of fresh yeast
  • Or ¾ oz of dried yeast with 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • ½ pint of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of ground fennel seeds or ground aniseed
  • 8oz of plain flour
  • 1 ½lb of strong white flour and rye flour mixed together


  1. Use a little bit of milk to cream the fresh yeast in a bowl – if the yeast you are using is dry, then dissolve it in a mixture of the sugar and four tablespoons of milk, it should begin to froth.
  2. Warm the remaining milk and mix in the melted margarine/butter, then pour this into the yeast.
  3. Follow by stirring in ground spice, treacle, and salt. Then, gradually mix the flours and work this into a dough – you can add some extra warm water if it helps the process, you should then beat it until it comes away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. When you’re confident the dough is ready, cover it and store it in a warm place until it has doubled in size.
  5. Follow by kneading the dough until it has smoothed – divide it into 4 equal segments and roll into 20cm/8in round shapes.
  6. Using a tumbler, you should then cut a hole into the center of each cake and place them on a greased baking sheet or a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper – cover this sheet/tray and leave in a warm place for the cakes to rise.
  7. If you’re looking for something to do with the cut-out circles, you can always turn them into scones or make another flat cake.
  8. Finish by pricking several holes into the surfaces of the cakes and putting them into a preheated oven to bake at 200°C/400°F for around 35 minutes.
  9. When you take them out of the oven, brush them all over with some lightly salted water and leave to cool on a wire tray.  


During Christmas time, you shouldn’t miss this traditional recipe. The Hole cake from Norway is so amazing that I guarantee that you and your guests will love it!

I would also give you a task here that when you cook the cake, share a photo of your cake in the comments below. For this kind of traditional recipes, it is important to stick to the recipe as outline here.

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