With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Swedish Visiting Cake

Monday, April 12, 2010

Swedish Visiting Cake

Isn't that a sweet name for a cake?
Makes me think of taking one to welcome a new neighbor
to a family with a brand new baby.

This easy and delicious cake is from Dorie Greenspan's book
Baking From My Home to Yours

This cake has just a handful of ingredients and goes together quickly.
It is so moist and bakes in an old-fashioned skillet, heat proof pan or a buttered cake or pie pan.
Lots of flavor comes from vanilla and almond extract as well as lemon zest blended into the sugar with your fingers.
Really delightful!

Swedish Visiting Cake 

Makes 8 to 10 servings

1 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
Grated zest of 1 lemon
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
About 1/4 cup sliced almonds (blanched or not)

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a seasoned 9-inch cast-iron skillet or other heavy ovenproof skillet, a 9-inch cake pan or even a pie pan.

Pour the sugar into a medium bowl.  Add the zest and blend the zest and sugar together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and aromatic.  Whisk in the eggs one at a time until well blended.  Whisk in the salt and the extracts.  Switch to a rubber spatula and stir in the flour.  Finally, fold in the melted butter.

Scrape the batter into the pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula.  Scatter the sliced almonds over the top and sprinkle with a little sugar.  If you're using a cake or pie pan, place the pan on a baking sheet.

Bake the cake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it is golden and a little crisp on the outside; the inside will remain moist.  Remove the pan from the oven and let the cake cool for 5 minutes, then run a thin knife around the sides and bottom of the cake to loosen it.  You can serve the cake warm or cooled, directly from the skillet or turned out onto a serving plate.

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Julie Harward said...

I love a nice snack cake like this...tasty but not too sweet, simple to make, no fuss...thanks :D

Ann said...

looks yummy. I remember when I was a kid always going to visit aunts, uncles and family friends. No one seems to do much of that anymore.

Bethany said...

Such a yummy looking recipe! What do you with all those delicious things you bake? I love baking, but Jason and I don't need all the sweets. Lots of times, the goodies end up at my bachelor brothers' apartment.

I also wanted to tell you thanks for being such a faithful friend. I have not been around the blog world as much as I would like lately, but your sweet comments never fail to encourage me.
Have a blessed week!

chocolatechic said...

It is almost like a short bread cake.

I loved it.

EG Wow said...

Mmmmm. And I like that it's an easy recipe!

cindy said...

Your cake looks delish! I had a few problems, I must try it again.

Piggy said...

Your cake looks really good!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

I love the way you set up your cake - the plate, the flowers, so pretty! And you're right, this is the perfect cake for giving and sharing. The fact that it's easy makes it all the better. Thanks for baking along with me this week - I've enjoyed "meeting" your blog.

CB said...

Totally agree! This would be a great cake to welcome a neighbor/friend or new baby. I was just thinking of making it for my friend's baby shower. GMTA! Glad you and the family enjoyed the cake.

RoseBelle said...

That is such a welcoming name for a cake. Makes me want to bring one whenever I'm visiting friends or family. Thanks for sharing this wonderful cake with us!

Pamela said...

This was a deliciously simple cake. I love your photos! Great job.

crochet lady said...

I've never heard of that cake before, that is a very nice name plus it looks great!

Marthe said...

You're absolutely right, this would be the perfect cake to welcome a new neighbor!!

Miss Jen said...

I love almond cake
and have a favorite recipe
for it too! :)

Blessings~ Jen

Flourchild said...

Great cake, yours looks so pretty. This recipe was so good and easy! Im glad you enjoyed it..

Susan said...

Your photos are lovely! And, your cake looks perfect! I loved this one and will make it again and again. :)

food with style said...

i love your style~

Nickki said...

I love your pretty pictures! I really loved this cake :-)

lasinthekitchen said...

Your cake looks wonderful! Your presentation is soo pretty! And I think that's the perfect word to describe this cake - delightful! =)


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