Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Swedish Visiting Cake.. One of the easiest cakes I've ever made!

Dorie's Swedish Visiting Cake


Soo, who like cheesy romantic movies? I'm not at all ashamed to say, I love them. I just finished watching one of my all time favorites, A Walk to Remember! Do you love that one? What's your favorite? Most of them have a common theme, Miss Plain Jane is actually Miss Perfect, and Mr. Perfect realises it halfway through the movie. And though it's been done to death, I still watch every new movie that comes out with a similar theme, and usually end up bawling my eyes out at the end! [Not a pretty sight, I always try to watch such movies alone to save embarassment]


This cake is actually a lot like those movies. Unassuming, simple. You look at it, and go meh. A skim over the ingredient list, and it'll just be bookmarked in your to-try list forever. If it wasn't for the TWD'ers, I would never have been introduced to this cake! They could not stop raving about it, and the other day I decided to try it out. It's a one-bowl recipe, that literally took 5 minutes [I'm not exaggerating] to prepare and put into the oven. And you'll probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. So there should really be nothing stopping you from making this one!


Dorie's Swedish Visiting Cake


Swedish Visiting Cake
Recipe from Baking From My Home To Yours


Note : Though this recipe calls for a cast-iron skillet, you can also use a pie plate, or even a round cake pan, this cake is not at all fussy.
Also, Dorie posted an apple variation that sounds amazing too.


Ingredients -

1 cup [220g] sugar, plus little more for sprinkling
Grated zest from 1 lemon [altenatively, you could use orange zest too]
2 large eggs
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract [optional]
1 cup [120 g] all-purpose flour
1/2 cup [1 stick / 113 grams] unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
¼ cup sliced almonds [blanched]

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F [180 C]. Butter a 9 inch pan, whichever one you decide to use.
  2. In a large bowl [I used the cake pan itself], rub together the sugar with the zest until it becomes moist and fragrant. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Whisk in the salt and extracts. Using a rubber spatula, mix in the flour. Now fold in the butter. Transfer to your pan. Sprinkle the sliced almonds on top. If using anything other than a skillet, place that pan on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake for about 30 mins, until the top is golden brown, and slightly crisp, the inside will remain moist. Serve warm or cooled, for breakfast or for dessert, play with this recipe, it's very open to adaptations!!

29 comments:

  1. Wow.. This is amazing! I'm definitely going to try this out and will let you know how it goes:-)

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  2. I sounds too easy not to try! Will give it a go asap.

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  4. Hey Avantika...i know exactly what you mean by cakes that seem 'bleh'....unless the recipe looks complicated i dont feel it will be delicious...i guess you proved me wrong!!!

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  5. You're so right. I have all the ingredients at home to make it. Even with a simple cake, when you see Dorie's name next to it, you know it's going to be good.

    By the way, my favorite is When Harry met Sally. I'm a sappy romantic!

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  6. 5 minutes and this delicious? I'm so there. Thanks for calling my attention to this great recipe.

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  7. Hi there - i have always been curious why this is called a visiting cake. I am Swedish (born and raised) and this cake is very similar to Tosca Kaka but i still can't figure out why in the US they call it the visiting cake. Any ideas?

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  8. NICE. This is somewhat like a French yogurt cake. Looks delicious; unfussy makes it yummier! Right up my street Av. Do you get slivered almonds in Mumbai?

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  9. Great post. And you already know I love that cake.

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  10. I'd bookmarked this too..gorgeous slices!!

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  11. lovely cake thanks for your comment on my video post love romantic movies as well make u feel good

    Rebecca

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  12. Prerna - Awesome. I'm waiting :)

    Claire - Exactly. Stop by and let me know what you thougt!

    Deepa - It's Avanika, not Avantika. Sorry, but I'm kinda anal about my name, hate when people call me by anything else.
    And I was proved wrong by this cake, but now that you think about it, it's usually the easy ones that I turn to when I'm craving something.. brownies, cookies etc, never a layer cake!

    Irina - Oh yes, I'm never sceptical when it's a Dorie recipe! I assume you're making it by now ;)
    Love that movie too, I watched all the 'classics' that were before my time a few years ago, and was wowed by them all. Maybe I should watch them again!

    Delishhh - It's actually a weird story. You'd assume that this cake has some great history behind it, but it was only because Dorie named it so, after her Swedish friend who apparently whipped it up when she saw visitors at her door, and had it ready to serve them too! That's the power of Dorie :)

    Katrina - Haha I sure do!

    Shelby - I think this is a cake that every person must try, and soon it'll become a classic!

    Divya - Glad to hear. Make it asap!

    Claudia - Thank you!

    Rebecca - Thanks <3

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  13. Looks delicious and remarkably simple, will certainly be giving it a try.
    Lovely blog, have just become a follower. x

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  14. I made this last year and it was amazingly good, yours looks wonderful!

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  15. EddyRose - Glad to have you hear xD

    Amanda - Thanks so much!

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  16. I love the name. So inviting and the cake looks gorgeous.

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  17. I was looking at that recipe the other day but didn't realize it would be so tasty...I'll have to try it now! Looks great!

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  18. Ellie - Me too :) It really defines comfort food!

    Cakebrain - Oh you must!!

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  19. delicious, i love cakes with almonds, simple yet deeply flavored

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  20. Hey! You have an absolutely gorgeous blog here :) and this recipe does sound too easy to be true! and therefore i'm sure i will love it :D why work hard when you have an easy way out, i always say! gonna try this soon...

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  21. I need to get out my Dorie cookbook and bake from it more often. Your cake looks awesome!

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  22. I love all Dorie's desserts. Her desserts are always so fabulous. This cake is no exception; it looks so moist and delicious!

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  23. Avanika - Ohh Thanks for letting me know. I had no idea and here i was searching all around about it. It makes sense now. Toscakaka which is the Swedish name is a very common cake in Sweden, it's also called the Swedish Almond cake :).

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  24. I love the sound of this cake! It looks really lovely and moist! :)

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  25. This cake looks super moist! I'm intrigued.
    PS: I love me a good chick flick. Doesn't even have to be a romantic one. My personal favorite is, the Devil Wears Prada :)

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  26. yes, I loved this one - esp how quick it was! perfect for unexpected guests!

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