Swedish Cream Recipe

Swedish Cream Recipe + a Video Tutorital on How to Make Strawberry Roses!Silky decadent Swedish Cream with Berry Compote and Strawberry Roses! A dreamy treat for Valentines Day, or any other day you want to make people smile!

Silky Swedish Cream with Berry Compote and Strawberry Roses #valentinesday

You have no idea how much I love Swedish Cream.

More than latte art. More than chocolate. More than birthday week month. More than my best pair of boots.


Swedish Cream (i.e. Swedish Krem, or Creme) is a very very special treat that I only discovered when we moved to Asheville, North Carolina.

No, there’s not a strong Swedish cultural representation here in Asheville, that I know of. And in all honesty, I’m not entirely sure if this is an authentic Swedish dessert (so no hate email please.)

I can only tell you I remember the exact moment I tried Swedish Cream ten years ago. Where I was, what I was wearing, and who I was talking to… that’s the sort of impact it left on me.

A mind warp moment of sugary bliss, forever imprinted on my memory.

Swedish Cream with Berry Compote and Strawberry Roses

There a bakery here is Asheville, called Well-Bred Bakery, which is one of the best bakeries in the region. (Again, no hate mail please.)

Just over 10 years ago I sauntered into their first location and was forever changed by these little cups of dense dairy goodness, topped with a berry compote.

Silky Rich Swedish Cream with Berry Compote and Strawberry Roses #valentinesday

So what is Swedish Cream exactly?

My best explanation is that, if creme brûlée and panna cotta had a genetically perfect baby, it would be called Swedish Cream.

It’s a rich custard-like treat with smooth tangy-sweetness. A touch of gelatin is added to give it stability. The Swedish Cream is then covered with a fresh berry compote, so that you dip down through the berries into pure dairy ecstasy with each and every bite.

Rich Swedish Cream with Berry Compote and Strawberry Roses

Not only that, Swedish Cream is ridiculously easy to make.

You simply bring cream and sugar to an almost-simmer, and whisk in gelatin and flavoring. Then once it’s cooled a little, whisk in sour cream for density and tang.

The fresh berry compote is optional, but as mentioned, I wouldn’t skip it. Once the Swedish Cream is cooling in individual serving cups, simmer down strawberries, raspberries, and sugar to create a sort of loose berry preserve.

Spoon the berry compote over the top of each Swedish Cream cup then chill until they are cold and somewhat firm.

Silky Swedish Cream with Berry Compote

The only thing that could possibly make them any better is a fresh pretty strawberry rose on top!

Strawberry roses are an easy and elegant garnish for desserts and salads. With just a few easy incisions you can turn a bright blushing berry into a beautiful flower.

Choosing the right berries for strawberry roses is the most important task. Make sure to select bright red strawberries that are short and round, not long and thin. Check out our video for a short strawberry roses demonstration.

This Swedish Cream Recipe would make a marvelous treat for Valentines Day!


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28 comments on “Swedish Cream Recipe

  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted February 6, 2015 at 7:27 am Reply

    Great video Sommer!
    The dessert looks super yummy too!

  2. Jenny Flakeposted February 6, 2015 at 7:42 am Reply

    How fun is this?! Love the video….gorgeous dessert! xo

  3. Aggieposted February 6, 2015 at 8:07 am Reply

    I’ve never tried this dessert but I can tell that I would LOVE it.

  4. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Livingposted February 6, 2015 at 8:11 am Reply

    Loved the video – I’m always interested in learning how to make garnishes from fresh fruits and vegetables.

  5. Cookin Canuckposted February 6, 2015 at 9:16 am Reply

    I loved the video on making the rose! What an easy way to make a beautiful garnish for a dessert. I’ve never tried a Swedish but, from your description, I need to remedy that.

  6. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted February 6, 2015 at 11:05 am Reply

    Yum! Love the strawberry flower!

  7. Briannaposted February 6, 2015 at 11:15 am Reply

    What a yummy sounding dessert–perfect for valentine’s day! And the rose? LOVE!

  8. Marlyposted February 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm Reply

    This recipe is so perfect for Valentine’s and I LOVE that video – you make strawberry roses look so easy!

  9. Jodee Weilandposted February 6, 2015 at 1:01 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious! What a wonderful way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day…thanks for sharing this recipe!

  10. Gabyposted February 6, 2015 at 6:46 pm Reply

    Great video! This looks delicious!

  11. Mariaposted February 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm Reply

    What a lovely Valentines Day dessert!

  12. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted February 6, 2015 at 9:46 pm Reply

    So pretty and so delicious! I am adding this to my must-try soon list!

  13. Betty Lynneposted February 6, 2015 at 10:48 pm Reply

    This looks amazing and the video is great!

  14. Tieghanposted February 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm Reply

    Those strawberries and this whole recipe are incredible, Sommer!! So pretty and delicious!

  15. marlaposted February 7, 2015 at 7:22 am Reply

    My Valentine LOVES this recipe :)

    Rating: 5
  16. Deniseposted February 7, 2015 at 11:56 am Reply

    This recipe looks yummy. Is it possible to half the recipe? It has quite a large yield.

    • Sommerposted February 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm Reply

      Hi Denise! Yes, you can either half the recipe and serve in 4 ounce cups. Or you can pour the Swedish Cream into larger cups for less (but bigger) servings. ;)

  17. Amy Tongposted February 7, 2015 at 2:33 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous dessert and love your video on how to make those pretty strawberry roses! Can’t wait to try it out. :)

  18. Liz @ Floating Kitchenposted February 8, 2015 at 8:35 am Reply

    Never had Swedish Cream before, but since I love panna cotta and creme brûlée, I know I’m going to love it. Excited to try it. Thanks for sharing!!

  19. Susanposted February 8, 2015 at 10:55 am Reply


    Rating: 5
  20. Caesiaposted February 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm Reply

    How many servings does this make? Seems like a lot, and if we know the servings, it can be cut down for smaller audience. Looks delicious – thanks for sharing!

    • Sommerposted February 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm Reply

      I makes 20 – 4 ounce servings, but you could half the recipe, or pour the Swedish Cream into larger cups.

  21. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted February 11, 2015 at 9:26 am Reply

    Ooooooo…I can tell I would fall head over heels for this!

  22. Laurelposted February 11, 2015 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Just wanted to confirm the Swedish authenticity! It really is a Swedish dessert, spelled kram but with 2 dots over the a. Pronounced like krem with rolling the r.

    Rating: 5
  23. Thaniyaposted March 31, 2016 at 6:18 am Reply

    Yesterday I made apple and berries fusion dessert and was thinking on some impressive topping oh yeah…Just a knife and U  made this Flower…….Blooomed me

    Next time will make ur flower for garnishing my recipes…..

  24. Margieposted December 10, 2016 at 2:42 am Reply

    Svenska Krem, yes, it’s a real Swedish thing. ☺

  25. Aprilposted May 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm Reply

    Too funny- Well-Bred is where I just discovered Swedish Creme and I was like dude I have GOT to recreate that at home, and your recipe was the first one that popped up!

    Rating: 5
  26. Lhyanaposted June 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

    What a delight for the hot summer here.