November 28, 2015

It’s almost Christmas… So you know what that means. Time to eat cake!

Kladdkaka is a traditional Swedish sticky chocolate cake. It’s gooey and oh so good.

A quick and easy recipe that’s ready to eat in an hour.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of powdered unsweetened cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Use a spring form 9 inch pan. Butter and flour the pan and set aside.

Sift together the flour, salt and cocoa powder and set aside.

Wisk the eggs and sugar until fluffy and then slowly fold in the flour mixture, then the vanilla and the butter. Don’t over mix, you want as much volume as possible or you’ll get a pancake. But you do want it blended enough. Tricky I know.

Bake on the lower rack for about 28 to 32 minutes. The edges should be done but the center still slightly gooey. Use a toothpick to test. It should come out clean on the edges but slightly gooey in the center. If you over cook it you will get brownies…. but just as good.

Let cool and then dust with powdered sugar and serve with whipped cream!

The cake will look great on our Kastehelmi Cake Platter from iittala. Available here @ scandinaviangrace.com. After all presentation is important.



November 21, 2015

 tanssi foxes

The new Tanssi collection from Iittala is gorgeous.

The Tanssi collection was designed by Finnish artist Klaus Haapaniemi. Created for the Finnish National Opera production of The Cunning Little Vixen. The Czech opera tells the story of the coexistence of animals and humans in this mystical forest.

The combination of tableware, pillows, tea towels, tins and even a table runner, will help to create a beautiful table setting for the holidays. Your guest will be jealous!

The Tanssi collection can be purchased here @ scandinaviangrace.com


November 12, 2015

Asplund has done it again! The new Kilt Collection designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune…. Elegance!

A beautiful Tartan pattern. A custom layout, size and color, what’s not to love!

Asplund, one of Sweden’s leading design and interiors firms has won several awards for its elegant designs. You can find their products through out the world.

The collection is produced mostly in Sweden. Asplund ensures the highest quality materials and craftsmanship is used, while adhering to a strict ethical and environmental production process.

Kilt, the most beautiful pieces of furniture you will every own.

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Kilt Light Series pictured here can be order here at @ scandinaviangrace.com



November 8, 2015

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to eat CAKE!

Toscakaka, a traditional Swedish Caramel Almond cake is perfect for the holidays. There are many variations of this recipe but all delicious just the same.

You will need:

for the cake

  • 2 sticks of butter – melted
  • 4 eggs whipped till white
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup cream or milk

for the topping

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 1 cup of toasted slivered almonds

Toast your almonds till they are slightly golden brown and set aside.

Melt the butter in a sauce pan and set aside.

Grease and flour a 9 inch cake pan with a removable bottom. Line the bottom with baking parchment to make it easier to remove your cake. Set your pan aside.

In a mixer whip the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. In a separate bowl sift the flour and baking powder together and then gently sift and fold half into the egg and sugar mixture using a spatula. Drizzle half the milk in and fold. Repeat with the second half of the flour and milk. Drizzle half the butter on top and fold in and then the rest, careful not to over mix as you want to keep as much volume as possible. Gently pour the mixture into your pan. Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes until it’s barely a light golden brown.

While the cake is baking you should be preparing the topping as you want it hot and ready to pour on the cake immediately and pop back into the oven so as not to allow your cake to cool.

Mix the butter, sugar, flour and cream in a sauce pan. High heat until it comes to a boil and then low heat so it barely bubbles. Always stirring. It should bubble and thicken as you cook the mixture, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the toasted almonds. You can use regular slivered almonds but if you toast them first it will help bring out the flavor of the almonds in the topping. Some people like to add almond extract to their cake. I like this recipe better as it does not overpower the cake with an almond taste.

Test your cake with a toothpick. It should come out clean as you want the cake to be firm enough to support your topping but not completely done. It’s tricky I know. Nothing is as annoying as pouring your mixture on top and having it collapse into your cake. It will still make a delicious gooey mess.

Pour your mixture on top gently as the cake will still be very delicate. Turn the oven up to 425F and pop your cake back in the oven on top of a cookie or baking pan. This will prevent the cake from burning on the bottom. Bake for another 5 to 8 minutes, just long enough for the top to turn a golden brown. Remove and let cool for about 10 minutes and then use a knife to gently loosen the edges and remove from the pan.

Serve at room temperature with Coffee. Many Swedes like to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

And of course you should serve your cake on one of our beautiful cake platters. After all, presentation is important.

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Mon Amie Cake Platter from iittala is available here at scandinaviangrace.com

Red, red, RED !

November 4, 2015

I’ve always loved iittalas’ products. The patterns, the designs, the style. But when I saw iittalas’ new fall items. All I could see was RED!…and I’m in love!

Iittalas’ beautiful classics are now available in red like, Origo, Taika, Teema, Kastehelmi. Some are only available during the holiday season. Some are new collections like Tanssi and Nappula. Now iittala has added, cushion covers, tea towels and throws oh my!

I can’t wait to decorate my holiday table!



All are available on our

new online shop




July 3, 2013

At last, my favorite cup just got better!

Origo by Iittala has got a new look. Origo known for its unique striped pattern, has added a new color, Serene Green. And what a better way to introduce a new color scheme, than with a new product. Origo’s long-awaited new mug!

Alfredo Haberli has designed a slightly larger 13.5 ounce mug with a unique handle in Iittala’s Origo style. It’s available in the new serene green, as well as the original brown and orange colors, so you can update your collection. This will make all you coffee and tea drinkers happy!


Origo can be found here at : scandinaviangrace.com

You can find more iittala here at : scandinaviangrace.com

Norm Bath

June 5, 2013

I hate clutter, especially in the bathroom. Norm Bath series by Menu helps keep your bathroom looking neat and stylish.

Norm Bath is the creation of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Ronn, aka, NORM. They worship minimalism and functionality and share an ambition to design products for everyday life that are pleasant to our senses. With the bath series, all unnecessary elements have been stripped away, leaving only a clean and elegant look.

The series comprises of: a pedal bin, toilet brush, soap dispenser, toothbrush holder and a small container with a concealed mirror on the inside of the lid. The series shares the same shape and rounded base, giving stability. The Norm Bath series is both hygienic and easy to clean. It comes in classic white or black to easily fit any décor.

Norm Bath Series

The Norm Bath is available at: Scandinaviangarce

social GRACE

June 2, 2013

We are so excited for next week’s, social GRACE. Come join us Sunday, June 9th, from 2pm – 4pm, it’s a great way to mingle and support local business and artists.

This month’s Local Business, which we are excited to announce, will now be on display and available for purchase at scandinavian GRACE.

Hudson Made, offers the high quality regional products from the Hudson Valley, …North Country, and Brooklyn. Scandinavian GRACE is the first store to represent the line. www.hudsonmadeny.com

This month’s Local Artist are Bibiana, and William van Roden

Bibiana (Artist): Will be displaying works from her “New World” and “CZ’ series. www.skrabat.cz

William van Roden (Artist and Graphic Designer): Will have five posters on display. Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark. www.williamvanroden.com

So stop by, buy a coffee or one of our refreshing summer chillers, shop, admire art, and most of all be SOCIAL!


Barcelona Bird Feeder

March 22, 2013

Spring is finally here and what a better way to start the season, than with the Barcelona Bird Feeder for our feathered friends!

The Barcelona Bird feeder brings a unique, stylish and sculptured look to your yard. The designer, Monique Engelund got the inspiration from the famous Barcelona Pavilion, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929. It’s made of durable acacia wood from sustainable European forests. The feeding table is located under the roof, while the bird bath sits out in the open and is removable for easy cleaning. The bird feeder comes with two removable spikes to secure the bird feed or maybe an apple for that special treat.

Barcelona Bird Feeder

Barcelona Bird Feeder angle

You can find Barcelona Bird Feeder here: Scandinaviangrace

Social Grace

February 13, 2013

Sunday, February 24th, from 2 p.m. -4 p.m. MarKo Tomassetti is hosting, “Social GRACE” at Scandinavian GRACE in Shokan, New York . Come in, buy a coffee, listen to some good music, shop and mingle with the country folk.


How to get here:  map & location


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