Norwegian Cake Doughnuts (Hjortebakkels)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

Hjortebakkels are smaller and richer than American cake doughnuts. Not included in prep time is letting the dough rest overnight. Posting for ZWT6 (Scandinavia/Norway)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Beat eggs until lemon colored.
  2. Add sugar, flour, butter, whipping cream, baking powder, baking soda, lemon juice and zest and Cognac.
  3. Mix until stiff dough forms. Let dough stand overnight.
  4. Form into roll as big around as your finger.
  5. Cut into 3 inch lengths and form circles by over lapping ends.
  6. Or roll out 1/4 inch thick and cut with lightly floured doughnut cutter.
  7. Deep-fry at 350 degrees, turning frequently until puffed and brown.
  8. Sprinkle with sugar and cardamom to taste.
Most Helpful

Good dougnuts. The dough was easier to work with than other doughnut recipes I've tried in the past, in fact I didn't need to use any flour when rolling the dough out. After refrigerating the dough overnight night, it took me about 90 minutes from start to finish. Made fo ZWT6.

Queen Dana June 07, 2010