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Sunday, May 27, 2012

a royal sweetness!

I found the perfect idea for a Princess and the Pea cake, not only is it actually called Princess Cake, but it is ball shaped and traditionally green! 

A Princess Cake (Prinsesstårta in Swedish) is a traditional Swedish cake consisting of alternating layers of airy sponge cake, whipped cream and thick pastry cream all topped with a 2-3 mm thick layer of marzipan. The marzipan overlay is normally green, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and often decorated with a pink marzipan rose. The original recipe first appeared in the 1930s "Prinsessornas Kokbok" cookbook, which was published by Jenny Åkerström, a teacher of the daughters of Prince Carl, Duke of Västergötland. The cake was originally called "Grön tårta" (green cake), but was given the name "prinsesstårta" or "princess cake" because the Princesses Margaretha, Märtha and Astrid were said to have been especially fond of the cake.

I didn’t bake mine, as luckily for me one of our bakeries makes them daily, and if you have an IKEA nearby you are in luck as it is a standard item on their tea trolley. And if you are a keen baker here is a good recipe to follow.

Another cake option would be to make one large or multiple small custard cake slices – like the one below: lots of layers and topped with pink icing mimicking the mattresses.

p.s. Both my princess cake and custard slice got a bit “damaged” in transit, so much so that the top of my little princess cake had a hole in it. What to do? Inspiration hit and I decided to top it off with a crown – and low and behold the box the treats came in had gold lining – fate I tell you!
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