Traditional southern cake event.

In Sønderjylland you can experience the unique tradition we know as Sønderjysk coffee table.

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At our online shop you can book tickets for coffee table events in Southern Jutland.

Go to the Sønderjysk cake festival

In April, a tribute to the traditional baked goods takes place. In the middle of Tønder's pedestrian street, renowned bakers compete to bake the best cakes, baked according to Sønderjyske traditions.

Photo: Ulrik Pedersen, Tøndermarsk Initiative. The image may be used in connection with mention of Tøndermarsken and / or the Tøndemarsk Initiative.

Sønderjysk coffee table and tradition.

Sønderjysk Kaffebord is a tradition that dates back to the 19th century, when Sønderjylland was under Prussian rule. At that time, the German authorities would not grant alcohol licenses to the South Jutland town halls and inns, but coffee and baking ingredients were cheap and easy to get to, and so the South Jutland cake bakery became a new discipline.

At the same time, it was also forbidden to hold meetings for the Danish-minded, but it was not forbidden to hold events with coffee and cake. Quietly, the Sønderjysk Kaffebord concept became a loophole for the Sønderjyderne, where they could meet legally.

A tradition has been created

Today, Sønderjysk coffee table is no longer a substitute for beer and spirits, or a good excuse to meet like-minded people. The South Jutland cake tradition has become a dining experience that can be experienced in some places of South Jutland.

Psst .... Did you know?

Here you can experience the Sønderjysk cake table:

  • Hohenwarte in Højer
  • Poppelgården on Rømø
  • Hotel Kommemanggården Rømø
  • Marsk Camps Restaurant, Skærbæk
  • Døstrup Landevejskro 
  • Café Herskabsstalden, Schackenborg

The modern South Jutland cake table.

The original number of cakes as described in the story of the tradition, offers you 21 different. 7 soft, 7 hard and 7 dry cakes. Although tradition says 21 cakes, restaurants today have often reduced the amount of different cakes.

In most places you will experience 14 cakes, as very few can fit 21 cakes on just one afterdinner. However, there are also places where they have chosen to increase the number of cakes, and you can experience a sumptuous buffet af all 29 cakes.

The basic idea remains that one should taste dry, soft and hard cakes.


Our best tips for a good experience

Eat alot the day before, so there is plenty of room the next day. Feel free to eat a light breakfast, because we are sure that there will be a shortage of space once you have gotten through the first cakes.
The order of how to eat them also matters, but often the host will describe what is being served and how one should eat them.
First you will be offered the "stop cakes" - the dry ones that workr as a good bottom or a foundation in the stomach so that one does not eat too much of the next.
Then one will move on to the soft ones, which is the term for cakes with whipped cream. Finally, the hard cakes await, which are often cookies and thus a smaller cake.

Most people drink coffee for the cakes, if you do not like coffee, tea or water is a good bet. Soda can often help to fill the stomach more, so you can eat less cake.

Sønderjysk coffee table can be found at various inns and restaurants, e.g. you can try it at: Døstrup Landevejskro, Hohenwarte and Klægager.

Sønderjysk coffee table can be experienced all year round, but it is most common in the summer half of the year. Such events are not held every day, so plan and book a table.

Tradition says 21 cakes, 7 dry, 7 soft and 7 hard.
Depending on where you go today to experience the modern cake table, you can order anything between 14 and 30+ cakes.

Photo: Ulrik Pedersen, Tøndermarsk Initiative. The image may be used in connection with mention of Tøndermarsken and / or the Tøndemarsk Initiative.