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The Princess Cake Story

Princess Cake Story

Did you know that the Prinsesstårta (Princess Cake) has a story?, says Puffles who knows all the stories worth knowing 🙂

Princess Cake Story

The Princess Cake is practically the national cake of Sweden. That would explain why Miss Maud, a Swedish Pastry House, makes it. And they make a really delicious cake! And it’s very impressive how they managed to fit all that writing on the cake 🙂

Princess Cake Story

Apparently, and according to Swedish Food, Jenny Åkerström is the originator of the recipe. Jenny Åkerström was a Swedish home economics guru at the beginning of the 20th century and was an instructor to the three Swedish princesses, Margaretha, Märtha and Astrid, daughters of Prince Carl (brother of King Gustaf V).

Princess Cake Story

She published a four volume series of cookbooks called Prinsessornas Kokbok: Husmanskost och Helgdagsmat (Princesses Cookbook: Home Cooking and Holiday Food). The first edition came out in 1929 with the princess’ portraits gracing the cover. With it’s great success, helped by the cover, came 18 reprints with revisions up to 1952.

Princess Astrid
Princess Astrid

The princesses were seen as role models. Their education included child care and cooking which was innovative at the time. Not so much now! You certainly won’t find Isabelle cooking! She’ll just wave Mummy’s credit card at Miss Maud and get a pink cake, inscribed with her name no less 🙂

Princess Cake Story

The original edition Prinsessornas Kokbok did not have a recipe for a cake anything like the prinsesstårta that is so popular today. Ha! The recipe did not appear in the 1937, 1945 or 1952 editions, but there IS a recipe for grön tårta (green cake) in the 1948 edition, which is similar to the recipe for prinsesstårta that’s in use today. For some reason the recipe was dropped from the 1952 edition, but the name grön tårta explains why the cake is normally green. Miss Maud now makes a pink and a blue version as well.

Princess Cake Story

The name change to prinsesstårta was a good marketing move as it is certainly more appealing than “green cake”. The change is believed to have been made because the princesses loved the cake so much. The princesses weren’t alone: the cake rapidly became very popular in Sweden, with around 500,000 sold every year.

The fourth week in September is officially Prinsesstårtans Vecka (Princess Cake Week) in Sweden. For every prinsesstårta purchased during the week 10 SEK (about £1, $1.50) is donated to Crown Princess Victoria’s Fund that benefits chronically ill and disabled children and adolescents in Sweden. Every prinsesstårta sold during the week is topped with a gold crown to show it is part of the fund-raising effort. During prinsesstårtans vecka sales are usually double any other week.

The Princess Cake is one of the bears’ favourite cakes 🙂 Låt oss äta!

Princess Cake Story

Magical Mischief

Magical Mischief

We have to decorate for Christmas…

Magical Mischief

We are playing with Lego. It’s fun! Did you know that Lego comes from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”? We are, we are…

Magical Mischief

We have to decorate for Christmas!

Magical Mischief

All the Lego has disappeared!

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It’s back in the box!

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Where’s the box?

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Here’s the box!

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Let’s get busy!

Magical Mischief

All done!

Magical Mischief

Let’s turn on the lights…

Magical Mischief

We are so good!

Magical Mischief

Santa, this is for you to fill up with lots of presents!

Magical Mischief

How many more sleeps to presents?

Magical Mischief

Did someone say presents?

Magical Mischief

Mischief Day

Ok everybody, are we ready?

Mischief Day

It’s Isabelle’s birthday today, which means mischief overload!

Mischief Day

It’s my birthday, it’s my birthday! What did you get me?

Mischief Day

A happy pink cupcake…

Mischief Day

My own princess cupcake!

Mischief Day

We have pizza too…

Mischief Day

Cupcake always comes first!

Mischief Day

The pizza is gone!

Mischief Day

Did you eat all the pizza?

Mischief Day

Hey, put Isabelle down!

Mischief Day

This is fun, we can fly!

Mischief Day

The landing needs some work. We better go to dragon training school.

Mischief Day

How to train your dragon…

Mischief Day

Mischief Day

Mischief Day

Isabelle has a bearfriend!

All the way from Hong Kong Disneyland… He’s not just a cute little bear but enterprising and determined as well! He came here all on his own to follow the bear of his dreams 🙂 And get to live a life he never even dreamed about!

Isabelle and Jay

He’s passed the interrogation by Feep and Purple Larry and Isabelle has named him Jay, to rhyme with her favourite word, play! And today he gets to play the Little Green Bear to Isabelle’s Buzz. I bet you’ve never seen a Buzz with pink shoes before.

Izzabuzz and Little Green Bear

It’s time to watch their favourite movie 🙂

Toy Story

Spellbound… Should keep them out of mischief for a little while…

Toy Story