I first saw this cake during a technical challenge on the Great British Bake-Off, and was immediately smitten. It's full of all my favorite dessert things: light, spongy cake, rich pastry cream, jam, and, oh yeah, GREEN MARZIPAN! I didn't know that that was one of my favorite dessert things until I stumbled upon this cake, but now it's up there.
From what I've read, Swedish Princess Cake ( or Princesstårta) is a traditional Swedish celebration cake, typically eating on national holidays. It has been around since the 1930's but is still a favorite for birthdays and other events that require a beautiful, hulking dome of a cake decked out in green and topped with a pink rose.
My recipe is a fusion of Mary Berry's and a few other Swedish versions I found online, plus a few of my own twists. If you like almonds, festivities, and desserts that are just shy of over-the-top, give this recipe a whirl. —Catherine Lamb