Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesdays with Dorie: Swedish Visiting Cake

I was so happy Nancy of The Dogs Eat The Crumbs chose the Swedish Visiting Cake! This recipe has been on my to-do list since I first opened Baking.

There's a lovely story in the book about the origins of this cake and that appeals to me as much as the recipe does. It is so quick to make you could probably have this ready in 5 minutes for those last minute guests.

I made a half recipe in a 6 inch pan and ended up with a really flat little cake. The texture was a little strange but I'm sure that was because of the substitutions I made. I'd run out of sliced almonds (and I detest almond essence) so I used some ground almonds in with the flour.

I checked it after 20 minutes and it seemed cooked - crackled on top but firm. Maybe it could have used another 5 minutes though?

The taste test ...

I loved this! Really frangrant with almond, lemon and vanilla. The texture reminded me of a lemon delicious pudding. I'm sure it was the ground almonds which gave it the dense, slightly chewy texture. It was very buttery though and VERY sweet. I think next time I would cut back on both butter and sugar and it would still be fantastic.

Thanks for a great pick Nancy! I will definitely be making this again. You can find the recipe on Nancy's blog.

On another note we are now on the countdown to Oscar's birthday. Yep, my baby turns 1 next week! We are having a bbq/party for him on the weekend with around 40 guests (insansity!) and I will post a full round-up of the day and the food on Monday.

16 comments:

  1. Yours looks amazing with that dusting of confectioners sugar on top! Everyone loved this here, it was gone in no time!!

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  2. Agreed - this cake is good. HB to Oscar!

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  3. Beautiful! I think I may have slightly under baked mine, but I still thought it was pretty good! Loved the lemony flavor in there.

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  4. That confectioners sugar looks so beautiful on the cake.

    I'm not a fan of almonds much either, but I did sprinkle some on half my cake.

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  5. Your subs are interesting and I like the idea of cutting butter and sugar - I'll bet it will be yummy. The cake looks cool without the almonds on top, really it's quite versatile. Thanks for baking along with me this week, and happy birthday to your baby!

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  6. My cake was a little undercooked, but it tested and looked done. The mysteries of baking?? But I loved the flavor.

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  7. Fun substitution with the ground almond. I might have to give that a try next time! Happy early birthday to Oscar. They grow up so fast...
    -CB
    http://iheartfood4thought.com

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  8. Your cake looks great!! I'm sad that I left out the lemon zest, I loathe zesting lemons.

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  9. Beautiful presentation! Can't wait for pictures of the baby's birthday.

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  10. I loved this one too! Yours looks so scrumptious! It is a great recipe ..so easy and so tasty! I will definitley make this one again!

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  11. beautiful cake!! Love it! :)

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  12. Your cake looks so pretty without the almonds on top! I love it!

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  13. Great idea - subbing the almond flour for the almonds on top!
    Your cake looks really good and glad the sub worked out well for you! I know the sugar and butter is a lot, but I love it! =)

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  14. Your cake looks so good! I loved it, one of my favourite TWD recipes ever!

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  15. So testy cake I like it very much

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