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October 13, 2023
Swedish Visiting Cake originated in the early 19th century as a snack served to guests arriving at the family home. It uses basic ingredients and is quick to prepare. The slightly crispy meringue like outer layer contrasts nicely with the soft interior oozing with almond and zesty lemon flavour. This rich moist classic is still a go-to celebration cake today.
Ingredients:For the topping:130g flaked almonds120g icing sugar3 egg whites½ tsp almond extract
For the cake:150g sugar135g plain flour115g melted butter2 eggsZest of 1 lemon1 tsp almond extract1 tsp vanilla extract½ tsp saltIcing sugar to dust
Method:Preheat oven to 170c.
Grease and line a 20cm springform cake tin.
For the topping:In a bowl, using a fork, whisk the egg whites, then mix in the icing sugar and almond extract.
Stir in the almonds. This will be used once the cake batter is made.
For the cake:Whisk the sugar, eggs, salt, almond and vanilla extract until pale and slightly thickened. Fold in the flour and then the butter. Pour this into the prepared cake tin.
Spread the nut mixture evenly over the batter.
Bake for appx 35 mins, until golden on top and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Take out of the oven and allow to cool, then take out the pan and allow to fully cool on a wire rack.
Dust with icing sugar before serving.
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