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Royal Sweet: Princess Cake from Svedala Bakery, Seattle

Princess Cake from Svedala Bakery, Seattle
When Kristina of Svedala Bakery sent a message saying she'd recently made a batch of Princess cake and invited me to try some, the response was swift and without hesitation: Y.E.S.

And so a sojourn was made to Svedala's small location in the Pike Place Market (in the same corridor as Daily Dozen Donut Co.) and she gave us two pieces to-go.

The first thing you'll notice about Svedala's Princess Cake is that it's pink, as opposed to the more frequently seen green (remember how it became a CakeSpy obsession a while back?). Why so? Well, it's actually a green reason: since they color and flavor all of their baked goods naturally, they've found that the color they can get from beet juice is much more appetizing than natural green dyes, which tend more toward a drab green.

But you're not going to want to linger on the color for long. At this point, you're going to want to get this cake in your mouth.
Princess Cake from Svedala Bakery, Seattle
Svedala's princess cake is--how else to put it--transcendent. It's a beautiful balance, with lighter layers of sponge cake and a rich whipped cream which is somehow light at the same time that it coats your mouth with a creamy flavor, anchored by more substantial vanilla bean pastry cream and fresh jam layers, and it's all held together by a rich, almondy marzipan. Once slices are cut, the marzipan layer all but melts into the cake, which makes for a perfect marriage of flavors, especially along the edge of the cake. While I had initially expressed a concern that the marzipan layer might be too thin for safe transport, I have been assured that the cake does transport better as a whole cake, and that the baker has been considering some different options to help the cake maintain form better.

If you are in Seattle, this one is a must-try. Since the Princess Cake is not available every day, please do call ahead for availability.


If you are not in Seattle, don't despair: you can find more Princess cake lore here, and a recipe for an American variation on the Princess cake here.


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Reader Comments (11)

That looks like something I would have wanted for my 10th birthday...very pink and fun.

September 16 | Unregistered CommenterPeabody

What a dream of a photo that is- all pink and feminine! Fit for a Princess!

September 16 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Cinderella, eat your heart out! I'm going into a royal sugar high just looking at the photo!

This looks SO delicious! MMM that HUGE layer of frosting or mousse... whatever it is, it looks delicious! haha.
-Mini Baker :)

September 16 | Unregistered CommenterMini Baker

Mmmm... pretty!

September 16 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

So pretty! Nice shade of pink she was able to get, too.

September 16 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

I feel like such a lame person, as I've never been to all of these cool places you talk about, and I live right here!!! I need to get out more. That cake looks fabulous.

September 16 | Unregistered CommenterLarie

beautiful layers!

September 16 | Unregistered Commenterhmstrjam


September 16 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

oh my that looks so tasty! it makes me want to bake right away though I am sure I my effort will be somewhat less desirable!

September 17 | Unregistered Commenterher name is bek

that looks SO GOOD. egads!

September 17 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay
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