I agree. Layer cake is the common term in the US and Canada. No one says layered cake.
In an earlier question, "sandwich cake" was the accepted translation for "lagkage". Apparently not so this time.
To mistranslate "layer cake" to anything involving sandwiches is indeed a travesty! Good thing they fixed it.
But "Sandwich cake" is the common name for a layered cake in the UK. It has nothing to do with sandwiches. The sandwiches you are thinking of (two slices of bread with something between them) are named so because they are made up of layers, hence sandwich. Did you know that sandwiches got their name from John Montagu, the 4th. Earl of Sandwich. He loved playing cards and eating at the same time, and consequently invented the sandwich. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/26/swedish-sandwich-cake_n_1703416.html
Wow, thanks for the tip - now if I find myself in the UK I won't miss dessert!
Did you notice that the Swedish sandwich cake was made of bread, and then lots of cream? :)
Danish lagkager are made with delightfully fluffy sponge cake, layered with generous amounts of custard and whipped cream, and often fresh fruit. My mother makes me one every year for my birthday and it is always a highlight of the year!
There are two different types of "sandwich cake" in Sweden.
- Tårta (which is a cake (layered as a rule))
This is often made with sponge slices with stuff in between. The sponge may be replaced with other things (but not bread).
- Smörgåstårta (this does not correspond to any non-Swedish food I know)
This is usually regarded as the wierdest thing by visitors. If a layered cake is called a sandwich cake then this should be called sandwich sandwich cake. This is basically a savoury cake. It typically contain a few of the following: roe, salmon, prawns, roast beef, ham, paté, cheese, mayonaise, horseradish. Apart from this "pay load" it also contains vegetables (cucumber slices, pea sprouts and other things that would typically be used in a sandwich), fruit (grapes and peaches are popular but I've also had e.g. kiwi so there are no hard rules) and sometimes whipped cream. In this sort of cake white bread (unsweetened it should be added because many popular types of bread in Sweden are quite sweet) is used in stead of sponge (luckily).
I like it if it is well made and doesn't try to have every ingredient I just listed in it (at least not in the same place).
Incidentally did you know there is no commonly used phrase corresponding to "bon apetit" in Swedish?
If any of you come to Britain, you must try a cream tea. You get scones, clotted cream, and strawberry jam. You cut the scones in half, spread clotted cream on one-half, spread strawberry jam on the other, put them back together and enjoy them. They are most common in the counties of Cornwall and Devon but all the ingredients are available from many supermarkets in other parts of Britain.
There is a phrase in Spanish that is similar to the french version. "Buen Provecho".
That's really specific... ...would the boy notice if you gave him two halves of a layered cake slice?