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!


Swedish Cream Recipe

Yield: 20+

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes (active time)

5 / 5 (4 Reviews)
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Amazingly smooth Swedish Cream Recipe. Classic “Swedish Krem” or “Swedish Creme” with a vibrant berry compote on top.


For the Swedish Cream:

  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups sour cream

For the Berry Compote:

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin (about 2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Pour the heavy cream and sugar into a sauce pot over medium heat. Stir and watch. Once the cream is almost to a boil, remove from heat and quickly whisk in the gelatin. Then stir in the extracts and salt.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool for 5-10 minutes. Then whisk in the sour cream, one cup at a time. Once smooth, pour the mixture into 4 ounce ramekins or plastic cups. (These plastic cups are great for taking to a parties.) Place the cups on a large rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate.
  3. For the Berry Compote: Remove the stems from the strawberries. Place all the berries, gelatins, sugar and salt in a large sauce pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil and allow the mixture to simmer and cook down for 5-10 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to crush the berries, for a smoother consistency. Allow the berry compote to cool for 10 minutes. Then spoon a layer of berry compote over each Swedish Cream cup and place back in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 2 hours. Then cover until ready to serve. Garnish each cup with a strawberry rose if desired. (Video tutorial above.)

Nutrition Information

Yield: 20+, Serving Size: 20

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 326 Calories
  • Total Fat: 18.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.5g
  • Cholesterol: 53mg
  • Sodium: 51mg
  • Carbohydrates: 39.4g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Sugar: 34.9g
  • Protein: 3g
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29 comments on “Swedish Cream Recipe

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  2. Lhyanaposted June 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

    What a delight for the hot summer here.

  3. 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
  4. Margieposted December 10, 2016 at 2:42 am Reply

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

  5. 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…..

  6. 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
  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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


    Rating: 5
  10. 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!!

  11. 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. :)

  12. 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. ;)

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

    My Valentine LOVES this recipe :)

    Rating: 5
  14. Tieghanposted February 6, 2015 at 11:30 pm Reply

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

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

    This looks amazing and the video is great!

  16. 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!

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

    What a lovely Valentines Day dessert!

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

    Great video! This looks delicious!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

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

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

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

    Yum! Love the strawberry flower!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    Great video Sommer!
    The dessert looks super yummy too!