Smoked Salmon Cake

Serving a savory appetizer as a “cake”, is a fun variation to your dinner parties. Pumpernickel bread and smoked salmon are paired with a whipped cream cheese flavored with dill, chives, freshly squeezed lemon juice and capers. Cucumbers add a crunchy textural contrast and a light, refreshing taste. These are classic flavor combinations, which I sometimes make into simple tea sandwiches, but this gorgeous presentation is a winner and I knew I had to try it when I found it a few years ago from Martha Stewart. We have made it for the holidays and everyone loved it.

Yields: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

1 loaf of pumpernickel bread

1 1/2 packages (12 oz) cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sour cream

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 Tablespoon dill and chives, each

1 Tablespoon capers

1/2 -3/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

8 oz smoked salmon, thinly sliced

1 seedless cucumber, sliced into 1/8 inch circles

In a food processor or a mixer, combine the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.  IMG_9655 Mince the capers. Capers are unripened buds of a plant, Capparis spinosa, which are dried and then pickled. The curing brings out their tangy, lemony flavor. They can be found in most grocery stores next to the pickles and olives.  IMG_9656 Add the lemon juice,capers, herbs, salt and pepper.  IMG_9659 Cut the crusts off the bread and place two slices side by side to make a rectangle. Line the sides of the plate with aluminum foil. (This is to keep the plate clean.) Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the bread.  IMG_9674 Thinly slice the cucumber, about 1/8 inch.  IMG_9667 Top with a single layer of cucumber.  IMG_9675 Follow with a single layer of salmon.  IMG_9678 Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the top and bottom of the bread and place on top. Repeat with the rest of the layers.  IMG_9679 Spread the cream cheese all over the sides and top of the bread. Remove the aluminum foil.  IMG_9692 Arrange cucumber slices around the bottom of the cake. Shape the salmon into little roses, if you like.  IMG_9693
IMG_9682 Another option is to use salmon roe to decorate the top of the cake. Very delicious. Decorate with dill and lemon wedges around the cake. img_9727 IMG_9711

Smoked Salmon Cake
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of pumpernickel bread
  • 1½ packages (12 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon dill and chives, each
  • 1 Tablespoon capers
  • ½ -3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 oz smoked salmon, thinly sliced
  • 1 seedless cucumber, sliced into ⅛ inch circles
Instructions
  1. In a food processor or a mixer, combine the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.
  2. Mince the capers. Add the lemon juice,capers, herbs, salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the crusts off the bread and place two slices side by side to make a rectangle.
  4. Line the sides of the plate with aluminum foil. (This is to keep the plate clean.)
  5. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the bread.
  6. Thinly slice the cucumber, about ⅛ inch. Top with a single layer of cucumber.
  7. Follow with a single layer of salmon.
  8. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the top and bottom of the bread and place on top.
  9. Repeat with the rest of the layers.
  10. Spread the cream cheese all over the sides and top of the bread. Remove the aluminum foil.
  11. Arrange cucumber slices around the bottom of the cake. Shape the salmon into little roses, if you like.
  12. Decorate with salmon roses on top, and dill and lemon wedges around the cake.


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  1. says

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    • says

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    • Olya, NC says

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      Great blog, awesome recipes, mouthwatering pictures and nice writing ! Appreciate your hard work, Olga!

  2. Julz says

    Hi Olga ! I am a newby of your blog and i love everything on it. I had a question, where can i buy that kind of bread ? Can i just use a Rye bread for it or does it has to be the pumpernickel ?

    • says

      Hi Julz!
      Rye would work here just as well. Pumpernickel bread is sold in most grocery stores too, so it’s up to which one you’d like to use.

        • says

          Rye and pumpernickel bread each have their own taste, but they both will work in this recipe. You can also use whole wheat, multigrain, etc. Any dark bread. Capers don’t really taste like pickles, but they are tangy and briny, so I guess they do have a similar flavor:)

  3. Vitaliya Bogdanets says

    As much as I love any kind of fish, I absolutely have to try this recipe! thank you Olga! Im sure it will turn out great. Love how you explain everything in detail!!

      • Oksana says

        Hi Olga – this is very good looking and i’m sure great tasting appetizer. Will try to make it as soon as i get ahold of smoked salmon ;)
        I’m wondering tho, is it farely easy to cut through? it looks like cucubmers and salmon will make it tough to cut perfect slices.

  4. Oksana says

    Hi again! i’ve made it! a half portion of it tho, just to try. The taste – is wonderful, combination is awesome (the exterior of mine though, didn’t turn out as even and smooth, as this one, but that’s just me). Also I realized that the bread i picked – didn’t work well. Next time will definately use the bread you are using, Olya.
    Attn all: don’t repeat my mistake, i was in the hurry to do it, and didn’t find a good bread. :-(
    Overall the idea, the look and the taste – BRILLIANT!
    Thanks again!

  5. Irene says

    Thanks Olga for posting this amazing salmon cake recipe. This is perfect for holidays and dosen’t take to much time. This is my fist time and i already love it. Great Job!!!

  6. elena says

    I wanted to know if it will be ok to use cocktail pumpernickel bread for this recipe . Thanks in advance. I love how this dish looks

    • says

      Hi Elena,
      I’m not exactly sure what you mean by “cocktail” pumpernickel bread. I’ve never heard of it. I use any type of pumpernickel or rye bread for this recipe.

    • says

      Yep! It’s a great option for Christmas, or any holiday, really. We’ve made it for Christmas several times already. It’s especially nice that you can do make it ahead of time.

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