Swedish Princess Cake

Prinsesstårta – The Swedish Princess Cake

In Cakes by Skjalden

Prinsesstårta is a classic Swedish cake that people love for its simple yet delicious taste. This cake is famous for its bright green marzipan cover, sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar, often topped with a small pink marzipan rose. Inside, you’ll find layers of soft sponge cake, rich vanilla cream, and fluffy whipped cream. While some like to add raspberry jam or fresh fruit, the original prinsesstårta keeps things straightforward with these main layers.

What makes prinsesstårta special isn’t just its taste, but its place in Swedish culture. It’s a cake that brings people together, enjoyed by everyone from young kids to grandparents.

The origin of prinsesstårta goes back to the royal circles of Sweden. The cake was first made for three princesses by their teacher, Jenny Åkerström. It was initially called “green cake” because of its unique green marzipan. But as the princesses loved it so much, it soon got the name “princess cake.”

Over the years, the prinsesstårta has seen some changes. For instance, there’s the prinstårta, with yellow marzipan, and the operatårta with red or pink marzipan. But the classic green prinsesstårta remains the most popular.

In Sweden, this cake isn’t just for eating at home. There’s even a week in September called “Prinsesstårtans vecka” (Princess Cake Week) dedicated to celebrating this cake. And in Småland, a region in Sweden, people eat it on the first Thursday of March every year, linking it to local traditions.

Making a prinsesstårta is about following tradition and taking time to make something delicious. The process involves baking the sponge, making the cream layers just right, and carefully covering the cake with the marzipan. Even though it might take some effort, the outcome is always worth it.

For anyone looking to try this cake, whether making it at home or buying a slice from a bakery, prinsesstårta offers a taste of Swedish tradition and a moment of sweet joy. It’s a cake that fits all kinds of moments, from big celebrations to a simple afternoon fika (a Swedish coffee break).