To Sweden with Love

“Intense sweetness paired with powerful sourness
and the smells and feelings of summer.”

1 small box lemon-flavored Jell-O
3/4 cup hot water
1 (18-ounce) box lemon cake mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 (6-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
1/2 cup sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan with shortening and dust with flour. (Or use PAM spray.)
2. Combine gelatin mix with hot water.
3. Thoroughly combine cake mix, eggs and oil. Add gelatin mixture. Beat 3 minutes (Very important.)
4. Pour into the prepared pan.
5. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in the pan.
6. Combine lemonade concentrate with sugar. After cake has cooled 15 minutes, gently loosen it from sides of the pan. Pour two-thirds of the lemonade mixture over the cake in the pan, allowing it to run down the sides. Wait 10 minutes and invert cake onto a serving platter. Pour remaining lemonade mixture over top of the cake.

This is one of the recipes from a Bundt Cake Cookbook that
I made for my sister and her family in Sweden. The cookbook
and many of the required cake ingredients was in that
elusive package that just arrived recently.

In Nainy’s own words, from her recent e-mail:“Your parcel that was mailed December 17th just got here yesterday! So thrilling. You have no idea. We have our first young interning couple here this week. It is Robin, Nettan and baby Theo. He is 22, she is 20 and Theo is three months. They are so sweet and so anxious to do well…but she is used to spending her day looking at baby Theo and taking him for walks and visiting with her best friend in their small village about an hour and a half away, so she would just come in every day and sit there with baby Theo. It is so hard because I know she is lonely and I sensed on the first meeting with the mentor from the government that she (Nettan) is the one who was most unsure about the internship. But what do you do? I have a workload that would kill two horses easily, so I can’t just sit.”

“Bring on the arrival of your parcel! When it came she and I opened it up and she saw all the book (which was SO fabulous…how did you do it?) and also all the mixes and jellos, etc. I said to her that she could just look right through the book and pick which cake she wanted to make and we would make it together. She speaks quite good English so she had no trouble understanding the recipes and she chose the lemon one. We made it right up and I ran out to the pack room where there is a convection oven to put it in. I wanted to make sure it turned out well with no watching much. It was so fabulous, you have no idea, I know I must keep saying that, but it is so true. We all wolfed it down with the glaze and everything. The only thing not available in Sweden is the lemonade concentrate, but I squeezed a fresh lemon into the glaze ingredients and it was just terrific…so fresh tasting and good. We loved it. And Nettan felt so proud that she had ”made” the cake. Thanks so much, Laur, it was so wonderful to have it come when it did. I am glad it took so long because it solved my problem so well.”


One response to this post.

  1. OH, you must have felt so excited; and there you have it – something good out of something that was so frustrating for you at this end. The cake looks luscious, and your sister is so appreciative. And, now, I can rest easy knowing the package arrived, and at just the right moment.


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