“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Cake „
After having lived in Sweden for a year I always go the Swedish food market in Ikea and stock up a few Swedish delicacies that I used to love. Princess cake or 'Princess Torte' in Swedish is one of the things that I always get. This is my husbands absolute favourite cake of all time. The princess torte cakes comes in a box of 4 frozen individual sized cakes.
Princess torte is basically a layer of a very light and fluffy sponge cake, topped with a layer of jam, topped with a dome of wonderfully fresh whipped cream, all covered with a very thin layer of green marzipan like icing, with a couple of chocoate squiggles on top. Swedish princess torte is typically covered in green marzipan icing, but lately I've been buying princess torte from ikea covered in pink marzipan icing.
These little cakes are so delicious, they are so wonderfully light and tasty. The marzipan icing on top is not sweet and sickly at all, it just complements all the other flavours of the cake.
The individual cakes take no time as all to defrost - 30 minutes to an hour. The defrosting instructions are on the packet in loads of different languages!
When I was in Ikea last week looking at mattresses, I also took a look at the Swedish FOOD section and came across these... I had had a couple of cakes from Ikea before, which I enjoyed so I thought I would give these a whirl. To be perfectly honest I can not remember the exact price but I think it was somewhere in the region of £2.75 for a box of four cakes and are find in the frozen section. They are also sold separately in the Ikea Restaurant/Cafe.
The Swedish name if Frodinge Prinsessbakelse, which they kindly translate to English on the box for us, being Princess Cake.
Each cake is sealed individually in a square tray, which can be easily be cut to store them separately. For example, I cut the pack in half; fridged two and froze two.
The cakes are round dome shapes which are bright green in colour, which a drizzle of chocolate over the top. The green is a marzipan covering, over whipped cream, raspberry sauce and a light sponge base.
The cake is absolutely wonderful. I am not really a lover of marzipan (which begs the question why I bought them in the first place!) but this was a very light and thin layer and so was not at all overpowering. The whipped cream was very fresh tasting, the sponge very light and the layer of raspberry sauce very refreshing.
Overall this is a wonderful cake and I will definitely be buying some more when we next drop by Ikea, whatever the price.
Only one thing to point out is that the cakes defrost in an hour and the second lot of cakes we had (the ones we took from our freezer) did seem a little crystallised and I wonder whether this is because we put them in the freezer when they were probably nearly defrosted....
And, sorry, there is no nutritional information on the packaging in terms of calorific content!