TWD: Swedish Visiting Cake

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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Have I ever told you that this Swedish Visiting Cake is one of my favorite cakes of all time?  If not, then consider yourselves told.  It was the first recipe I ever tried from Dorie’s Baking: From My Home To Yours way back before the days of TWD, or even SGCC.

I love this cake’s buttery, almondy, slightly chewy crumb.  I love its golden brown, lightly caramelized and almost crispy outside crust. I love the hint of crunch that comes from the sprinkling of sugar and sliced almonds over its top, and the whisper of fresh lemons that catches you by surprise when you take that first bite.  I also love the fact that this magical little cake is baked in a cast iron skillet, and can go from mixing bowl to plate in thirty short minutes.

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I could go on, but the bottom line is that you really need to try this Swedish Visiting Cake for yourself to fully understand just how good it is.  Once you do, I’m pretty sure that you’ll love it too.  And if not, that’s okay because then there will be more cake for me! 

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Many thanks to Nancy of The Dogs Eat the Crumbs for choosing this recipe for TWD this week.  I’m so glad that someone finally did!  If you want the recipe, visit Nancy’s site.  And, if you’d like to see more Swedish Visiting Cakes, check out the Tuesdays with Dorie Blogroll.

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s another piece of cake in the kitchen with my name on it!   ;)

25 responses to TWD: Swedish Visiting Cake

  1. On April 13, 2010 at 2:12pm, Maria said...

    I don’t know why I haven’t tried this one yet. I am a huge almond lover. This cake is going at the top of my list now. Great post/photos Susan!

  2. On April 13, 2010 at 2:13pm, Cristine said...

    Your cake looks fantastic! I wish I had a piece in my kitchen calling my name! :)

  3. On April 13, 2010 at 2:32pm, The Food Hunter said...

    This is one of my favorite Dorie recipes…it’s so easy and delicious.

  4. On April 13, 2010 at 2:45pm, Rosa said...

    It looks so good! I’d love your skillet…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. On April 13, 2010 at 2:54pm, snookydoodle said...

    oh the ingredients in this cake are all my favourites :) almond, lemon, yummy.. have to try this one

  6. On April 13, 2010 at 3:18pm, nina said...

    Just the kinda thing to whipp up when a friend pops in for morning tea! Lovely!!

  7. On April 13, 2010 at 4:47pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    This looks so yummy – I really love the simplicity of it!

  8. On April 13, 2010 at 6:00pm, Nic said...

    So very good! Yours has nice color.

  9. On April 13, 2010 at 7:18pm, Joanne said...

    I’ve seen this cake everywhere and I’m pretty sure I’ve fallen in love with it by now! Looks delicious.

  10. On April 13, 2010 at 7:51pm, Flourchild said...

    Yipeee for Swedish cake..I loved it. The only thing I have had Swedish is the candy Swedish fish! Your cake looks so good!

  11. On April 13, 2010 at 10:53pm, Chaya said...

    Everyone loves this cake, it seems. Each one, I have looked out, is attractive. That is a winner, for sure.

  12. On April 13, 2010 at 11:57pm, Manggy said...

    How’s that for an endorsement! I’ll make it, and perhaps even post (but long after this TWD, hehe). I have a ton of almonds in the fridge!

  13. On April 14, 2010 at 12:25am, Jules said...

    We loved this cake at my house. I can easily see this one being baked over and over. Good starter cake for my kids!

  14. On April 14, 2010 at 10:12am, Ashley said...

    One of the first times my husband (who is Swedish) was visiting me in my home town, he made me Sockerkaka, which is very close to this cake recipe. It’s when I fell in love with him! :) I have been living in Sweden for nearly a year now, and Swedish food always surprises me! Lots of delicious recipes! This looks great, I will have to make it for my in-laws and see what they think! Tack så mycket!
    Ashley

  15. On April 14, 2010 at 12:25pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    So is the cake going to visit me if it’s a visiting cake? When will it drop by? I don’t want to miss the visit!

  16. On April 14, 2010 at 2:57pm, Lucy said...

    All the TWD posts floating around the blogosphere with this cake have tempted me, but your words are the final straw – this cake MUST grace my kitchen soon! Sounds 100% my kind of treat and I cannot wait to enjoy. Gorgeous :D

  17. On April 14, 2010 at 7:53pm, Margaret said...

    This was a great cake, wasn’t it. almost too easy to be soooo good. I will have to make 4 or 5 more times like tomorrow!!1

    Love the almost last picture. Perfect!!

  18. On April 15, 2010 at 9:40am, dani said...

    my gosh this looks fantastic :)

  19. On April 19, 2010 at 1:09pm, Susan said...

    I loved this cake. The taste. The ease of preparation. I will make it again for certain!

    Love your cast iron pan! And, your photos are gorgeous! :)

  20. On April 26, 2010 at 6:51am, Johanna said...

    I love they name :-) The cake looks very similar to the Swedish (very old school) cake called Toscakaka (Tosca Cake) , the main difference is that the almonds on top is part of a sticky frosting.

  21. On April 27, 2010 at 3:20pm, Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) said...

    It seems everyone is in love with this cake! I must try it soon! Great pictures!!

  22. On May 15, 2010 at 7:57am, jeanne dyson said...

    This cake has a history in our home too! Had a Swedish exchange student living with us who cooked Swedish food for us once a week. She was a perfectionist, so for this cake I had to go back to the grocery at least 4 times to replenish the butter and eggs until she got it “yust right”! Was worth it though! Love it!

  23. On May 16, 2010 at 9:17am, jeanne dyson said...

    oops! I had a memory block..Lena made this cake in layers with creamy almond custard in between..THAT was why the numerous trips to the grocery. I think we were a primary support to the dairy industry the year she lived with us..deliciously so!

  24. On October 27, 2012 at 12:43pm, Carol Ahlgren said...

    I have tried to find the recipe for Swedish VIsting Cake, but have been unable to find it on site. I have in intro with pictures but not the recipe. Am I doing something wrong?

  25. On April 16, 2014 at 2:50pm, mary said...

    this cake looks yummy – The only cast iron skillet I have is 8 inches rather than 9 inch – do you think I could use the recipe as is or would I need to reduce the ingredients to use the 8 inch skillet?

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