The princess cake is the defining cake of Sweden. This beauty can be found colouring the window displays of bakeries throughout the country. Appearing to defy the laws of physics, the princess cake or (prinsesstårta) makes quite a statement.
A relatively recent addition to Sweden’s culinary history, the princess cake debuted in the 1920s, courtesy of Jenny Åkerström, a teacher to the children of King Gustav V’s brother Prince Carl Bernadotte – Princesses Margaretha, Märtha and Astrid – who loved it so much that they inspired its name. This popular cake is now eaten during special festivals and is used to mark many milestones in peoples’ lives.
It’s meant to be eaten right away so it’s not always available in-store. You’ll find it in the case during the third week in September, when it is officially Princess Cake Week. It’s also available on special occasions such as Mother’s Day, Easter and Christmas, among others.
You can also order one to pick up in-store or as part of your celebration dinner in the café, just like the one pictured below. Made up of layers of yellow sponge cake lined with jam and vanilla custard, and then finished off with a heavy topping of whipped cream, the cake is carefully sealed with a thin layer of green marzipan. We broke with tradition a bit here and topped this cake with a candied hibiscus flower. If the traditional green isn’t your thing, we can colour your cake red, white or whatever you like.