These cakes were named after Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804 - 1877), the national poet of Finland. Every year on and around his birthday, 5th February, these cakes are sold all over Finland and are hugely popular.
Traditionally, they are baked in cylinder 5cm diameter shapes, around 6-7 cm high. You can of course get your hands on these all over Finland, but a good alternative can be found online in silicone 5 cm diameter and 5cm height. You can also use other shapes, such as muffin tins, but your baking times and yield will vary slightly.
Recipes for Runeberg often specify the use of breadcrumbs. I actually use finely ground breadcrumbs made from Leksands rye crispbread – but you can use any dry breadcrumbs – but I find the lovely rye adds a lovely nutty flavour to the finished cake. This is our version of the little cakes.
Photo credit: Pete Cassidy for RPS