A small green princess cake
|Prinsesstårta, Grön tårta|
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|Sponge cake, whipped cream, pastry cream, marzipan, powdered sugar|
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A Princess Cake (Prinsesstårta in Swedish) is a traditional Swedish cake consisting of alternating layers of airy sponge cake, pastry cream, and a thick domed layer of whipped cream. This is topped by the marzipan, giving the cake a smooth rounded top. The original recipe for the cake does, contrary to common belief, not contain raspberry jam. If it does, it is traditionally referred to as an Opera cake and is covered by pink marzipan (not to be confused with the French, coffee flavored Opera cake.); The marzipan overlay is usually 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 were said to have been especially fond of the cake.
Variants with other colors of marzipan are occasionally called "prinstårta" (Prince Cake).
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