And other questions.
In a discussion of princess cake in SF, someone was wondering about the origin and why it was green. The question got to me.
There really isn't any info out there on the web about the origin of the Princess Cake or why it is usually green. And just why is it decorated with the rose? Who was the princess?
The only thing I could find was that they are the traditional Swedish wedding cake. For weddings the frosting is pink or white. It is a common dessert supposedly in every Swedish coffee shop and the color for the coffee shop version is green.
Maybe its all that snow in Sweden. People need to see SOMETHING green and with flowers.
My favorite story was the Chinese Wedding in SF which had the Swedish princess cake from Italian Victoria pastry. Fusion at its best.
The Swedish name is Prinsesstårta or Prinsessakakku, but no more info under these names either. The link below had the most info with some interesting links. Follow the 'funny green cake link' which is blog that has comments from all over and mentions the best places to find it in the US and even Sweden.
For a simple cake the recipe is from hell. I've seen some quick recipes that suggest using Cool Whip, ugh.
The book "Birthday Cakes: Recipes and Memories from Celebrated Bakers" mentions it is a cake that is served traditionally at Swedish Sweet Sixteen birthdays. It has a recipe by Gayle Ortiz that supposedly takes three days to make.
So, any more info about Swedish Princess Cakes? And most important, why the heck is it green?