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Scandinavian Princess Cake Recipe and Photos

Princess Cake Is a Special, Stunning Birthday Dessert

Amongst my group of friends, I am the birthday cake maker. Thus, when a friend told me she was hosting a "Swedish" dinner party to celebrate her 25th year, she asked if my contribution would be the cake. "Yes" was my immediate answer, and I suggested a princess cake.

A princess cake is no easy dessert; it involves six components: sponge cake, whipped cream, pastry cream, raspberry jam, simple syrup, and marzipan. But after extensively researching it and clearing away part of my weekend, I decided to give it a try. Luckily, the cake was a huge success! It was moist, delicious, and absolutely perfect.

Although I spent a lot of time worrying about it, each element of the cake was not that difficult. Since I've never worked with marzipan, rolling it out was the hardest part of the process. If you are an experienced baker looking for a scrumptious cake that will definitely impress, I suggest you make it. Here's the recipe and my photos.

Scandinavian Princess Cake

Scandinavian Princess Cake

Scandinavian Princess Cake Recipe and Photos 2010-06-23 12:40:46

Ingredients

For the genoise:
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 1/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
6 tablespoons almond flour, toasted
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar
4 ounces (1 stick) butter, melted
For the pastry cream:
2 cups whole milk
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod reserved for another use
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) cold butter
For the simple syrup:
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup Armagnac (optional)*
To assemble:
1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam
3 cups heavy cream
2 packages (7 ounces each) marzipan
Green food coloring, for decorating
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Make the genoise: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat 2 rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray, line each with parchment, then spray parchment. Combine cake flour, almond flour, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk eggs, yolks, and granulated sugar in a mixer bowl set over a pot of simmering water until sugar dissolves and mixture is warm to the touch, about 2 minutes. Attach bowl to mixer, and whisk on medium speed for 2 minutes. Raise speed to high, and whisk until mixture is pale and thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Sift flour mixture over egg mixture, and gently fold. When almost incorporated, slowly add melted butter, and fold.
  3. Divide batter between baking sheets, spread evenly, and bake until golden brown and springy to the touch, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool. Run a knife around edges of pans, and invert onto a clean surface; discard parchment. Using an 8-by-3-inch cake ring, cut out 4 circles. Choose the 3 thickest cake circles, and reserve the fourth for another use.
  4. Make the pastry cream: Bring milk, vanilla seeds, salt, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk yolks, cornstarch, and remaining cup granulated sugar to combine. When milk begins to boil, remove from heat. Slowly ladle half the milk into yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour mixture into saucepan, place over medium heat, and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture has thickened, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat, and whisk in cold butter. Strain into a medium bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface, and let cool. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  5. Make the simple syrup: Bring granulated sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and stir in Armagnac if using. Let cool. (Syrup will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 1 month.)
  6. To assemble the cake: Place the cake ring on a 9-inch cardboard circle. Place 1 cake circle in ring, and lightly brush top with syrup. Using a small offset spatula, spread jam on cake layer. Whisk 2 1/2 cups cream until stiff peaks form. Cover jam with 1/2 cup whipped cream. Top with another cake circle, and brush top with syrup. Cover this circle with pastry cream. Place final cake circle on top, pressing down gently, and brush top with syrup. Spoon remaining whipped cream over cake, and smooth. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or preferably overnight).
  7. Whisk remaining 1/2 cup cream in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form. Remove cake ring, and coat sides of cake with whipped cream. Refrigerate cake until cold, about 30 minutes.
  8. Knead a golf-ball-size piece of marzipan with a couple of drops of green food coloring, adding more drops as needed to reach desired color (this piece should be a few shades darker than the final). Knead half the colored marzipan into remaining marzipan until color is evenly distributed. (Add remaining half if needed to reach desired color.) On a surface dusted with confectioners' sugar, roll out marzipan to a 14-inch circle, about 1/8 inch thick. Place marzipan over cake, smooth sides, and trim bottom edges. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. If desired, decorate with two roses.

Serves 8-10.

*I did not have Armagnac, but instead used Creme de Cassis.


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else411 else411 6 years
Party's cake looks fantastic. I hope to be brave enough one day to make this. Also I tried all the links, but can't find out why it has to be green. Can anyone enlighten me?
rossy rossy 6 years
Just came to check if my post was put up... I swear I scrolled the entire page for it & it wasn't there! Now it is... BEFORE my "I'm curious..." post. I know I had a migraine but...-Since it IS here - Please disregard the #14 thing. LOL
rossy rossy 6 years
Just came to check if my post was put up... I swear I scrolled the entire page for it & it wasn't there! Now it is... BEFORE my "I'm curious..." post. I know I had a migraine but... - Since it IS here - Please disregard the #14 thing. LOL
rossy rossy 6 years
I'm curious - Why isn't my comment here?
blooditsnotfunny blooditsnotfunny 6 years
YUM that just looks delicious. I love the color and shape of this cake, and I love how the outside of it looks a little bit like play-doh. The flowers and powdered sugar on top are a beautiful addition to this cake. This looks way more complicated than I think I could handle but I will keep an eye out for it in bakeries.
rossy rossy 6 years
I don't know why, but I absolutely HATE marzipan! Yet I love almonds - Hickory smoked ones are best, but I make my own almond shortbread cookies (YUMMY) & my family can't get enough of them. Yet, every time I try to eat marzipan, I don't taste almonds or sweetness - there's nothing. - Then again, I'm into Black Forest cakes, tiramisu & Nanaimo bars (fave flavors: mint, lemon & vanilla). YUMMY! That might be the reason right there.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
So this is how they make the Ikea princess cake (btw, I love them, a lil' too sweet for my taste, but I luv 'em nonetheless!)..yum :drool:
girlA girlA 6 years
Beautiful cake!
girlA girlA 6 years
Beautiful cake!
Sunshine-Makes-Me-Happy Sunshine-Makes-Me-Happy 6 years
it looks amazing!
Sunshine-Makes-Me-Happy Sunshine-Makes-Me-Happy 6 years
it looks amazing!
Food Food 6 years
I've had the princess cake at IKEA. It's good for $1.29 — although it's certainly no comparison to the homemade versions that I've tried from local bakeries!
Angelica Angelica 6 years
This is gorgeous! My mom recently told me princess cakes are intended for unmarried women (so it's customary to serve at bridal showers). Is this true? I can't really find internet proof!
partysugar partysugar 6 years
It's powdered sugar!
partysugar partysugar 6 years
It's powdered sugar!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I've eyed the princess cake at Ikea, but I never tried it (I'm not a cake person. I'm a cheesecake kind of gal :)). Now that I know the components of the princess cake, I'm more intrigued. I may give it a try next time I'm in Ikea.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
You could open a bakery with your skills.....I might even sign on for a job!!!!!!!
danizzle danizzle 6 years
if you wanna try this cake out and are lucky to have an ikea nearby, they are currently selling individual princess cakes in their cafeteria. they are $1.29 and are DELICIOUS!!
Food Food 6 years
It is indeed beautiful. My biggest complaint is that Party didn't have any left over to share with the rest of us!! I told her there's always next time. ;-)
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