A small green princess cake served at IKEA in Minnesota
|Alternative name(s)||Prinsesstårta, Grön tårta|
|Place of origin||Sweden|
|Main ingredient(s)||Sponge cake, whipped cream, pastry cream, marzipan, powdered sugar|
A Princess Cake (Prinsesstårta in Swedish) is a traditional Swedish layer cake consisting of alternating layers of airy sponge cake, raspberry or strawberry jam, pastry cream, and a thick domed layer of whipped cream. This is topped by marzipan, giving the cake a smooth rounded top. 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 three daughters of H.R.H. 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. The princesses were H.R.H. Princess Margaretha (1899–1977; later Princess of Denmark), H.R.H. Princess Märtha (1901–1954; later Crown Princess of Norway), and H.R.H. Princess Astrid (1905–1935; later Queen of the Belgians).
Variants with other colours of marzipan are occasionally called "prinstårta" (Prince Cake) for yellow marzipan and "operatårta" (Opera Cake) for red or pink marzipan.
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