Lance’s mother comes from Norwegian descent.  I remember the first time I went home with Lance for Christmas and was introduced to the wonder that is lutefisk.  Although I personally would not use the words ‘wonderful’ and ‘lutefisk’ in the same sentence, this seems to be a hot item amongst the men in the family (not Lance thankfully – I would have to sit at a table on the other side of the room… trust me this stuff is potent!).

So when Lance’s mom mentioned the idea of having a traditional Norwegian wedding cake as part of our cake table (we’re going with the ‘multiple-small-cakes-and-random-deserts’ idea) I was a bit scared as to what this might be.  Turns out it looks like a giant stack of doughnuts.  Yum!

Google-ing my way around the internet…this is what I found out.  The ‘Kransekake’, or wreath cake, is made from almonds, powdered sugar, and egg whites.   A little crisp on the outside and a bit chewy on the inside…apparently this thing taste pretty darn good!  It is traditionally decorated with Norwegian flags….however we will probably just do small flags of our wedding colors…similar to these.

{Morning by Foley via The Sweetest Occasion}

We may even put a cute topper on it.

{Elizabeth Messina via Soigne Productions}

It may not be the most beautiful cake ever, but I like the idea of including a bit of Lance’s ancestry in our wedding.  Lance’s aunt has already made these for some of his cousin’s weddings and has graciously offered to make ours as well…so we can pretty much check this item off the ‘To Do’ list!  Can’t argue with family help right?

What family traditions or customs do you plan on including in your wedding?