Baking | Swedish Prinsesstårta Cupcakes … Daring Bakers serve up royally delicious cakes!

“Cake is happiness! If you know the way of the cake, you know the way of happiness! If you have a cake in front of you, you should not look any further for joy!”
C. JoyBell C.

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes Swedish Prinsesstårta Cupcakes … the best BEST cake we’ve eaten of late. Perfect balance of flavours, moist, flavourful, addictive good, non chocolate … PERFECT! It’s been a while since I enjoyed a Daring Bakers challenge so immensely. Everything was good about it. I have to admit that I veered off the basic recipe … but need to blame the treacherous North Indian summer for that!!

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes Come May and I got a very excited call from local DB Ruchira. “Guess what the challenge is? A Princess Cake! Wheee… I love it!I was equally thrilled. A Princess cake is junior teens most favourite cake of all time. Years ago I did a recipe testing for Helene of Tartlette which included a Bavarian cream. That was a princess cake of sorts.

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes To date, it’s been the best ever cake for the kidlet. He repeatedly tells me how good ‘that Bavarian cream‘ was! Talk about love for food and good taste. Everything Helene does has the midas touch. The months challenge was partly inspired by her recipe.

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes

Korena of Korena in the Kitchen was our May Daring Bakers’ host and she delighted us with this beautiful Swedish Prinsesstårta!

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes

A little research revealed that the original recipe was created in the 1930s by a Swedish home economics teacher named Jenny Åkerström, who taught the three Swedish princesses of the time. She published a series of four cookbooks called “The Princess Cookbooks” and in one of the editions, there was a recipe for “Grön Tårta” (green cake). One story is that this later became known as “princess cake” (prinsesstårta) because the three princesses are said to have loved it so much. 

Another story is that Ms. Åkerström actually created three very elaborate “princess cake” recipes – a different one for each princess – and that the current version is a simplified combination of all three. That explains the princess connection, but the reason for the cake being green still seems to be a mystery. 

I got to the challenge very very late. It was the 25th already. And the weather? Hot as hot can be, threatening to get worse by the minute! It was 46C at 6pm day before. Fry the eggs on the sidewalk hot, maybe bake the poor princess there too! Plans for a Princess cake were rapidly demolished. Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes Yet I am very nostalgic about the Daring Bakers, a journey that has been long and fruitful. I have been with them for 5 years maybe, and it’s the only baking group I have continued with. I owe them most of what I’ve learnt. The journeys been full of ultimate highs, and a few heartbreaks too; entirely memorable.

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes Besides, the challenge this month was not just one of being a ‘baker‘. Bakers as you know double up quite often as patisserie chefs too. A finger in every pie, and so on! It was a test of skills at many different levels. I had to make something. That came by way of these sweet Princess Cupcakes that I’ve had bookmarked for years! {I baked the cupcakes the previous evening and completed them at the crack of dawn. You can find a few grainy pictures taken in a hurry to guide you through}

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes The components are quite the same. There is cake, pastry cream, whipped cream, jam and marzipan. A petite version in this blistering heat which hitting 48C is much easier to handle.  I had some balsamic cherries from the two ingredient dark chocolate mousse. Cherries make life a lot more worthwhile. 

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes The Swedish Prinsesstårta Cupcakes turned out excellent. The cupcakes are layered about the same way as you would a Swedish Prinsesstårta. In 20 minutes, spared of a power cut, I was past stage one. Cupcakes done! While they baked, the pastry cream was stirred in the Thermomix. 7 minutes to perfect pastry cream!

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes I made the pastry cream a little thicker as it’s so hot. I didn’t get to the marzipan though I have made it several times in the past. It was far too hot to attempt marzipan from scratch. A special gift from my dear friend and Daring Baker Finla came to my rescue. She sent me marzipan with a truckload of stuff a few months ago. I use it very sparingly and was thrilled to have some on hand for the princess cupcakes.

Swedish Prinsesstårta, princess cupcakes This was the best part! Such fun dressing the little ones up. I did the flowers and leaves out of trimmings and it reminded me of my first and only fondant cake, the Tea Rose Fondant Cake, I made a while ago. The cupcakes were patched together on fast track as everything threatened to melt. The end result isn’t as neat as I would have liked it to be, but the marzipan was going too soft.

Thank you Korena was such a beautiful and eye opening challenge. I intend to make the priginal Swedish Prinsesstårta once the weather gets cooler.  Thank you as always Lisa of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice for hosting this fab kitchen!! Do stop by here and check out some more royalty!


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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. So pretty! These are just lovely. :)
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  2. What a work of Art!!! Brilliance Deeba! Sheer Brilliance!
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  3. They are so, so cute. An absolute delight to look at!
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  4. Simply pretty and great recipe.
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  5. Gorgeous , Love your mini prinsesstarta!!!

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  7. Such beauties :-)
    I can imagine how difficult it must have been in the sweltering heat. Even then you made them so so cute.
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  8. Oh, your mini princess cakes look exquisite and ever so cute! This is one of my favorite treats.



  9. SO pretty SOOOOO Pretty. <3. Posting mine end of the week only. So prettyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  10. They look picture perfect Deeba… Cute and lovely
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  11. Hi Deeba,

    I was so thrilled to see your recipes and pics in Good Food Magazine……though I have never met you , your achievement made me so proud….jus had to let you know


    • Thank you Anne. I am so touched that you took time to stop by and leave those beautiful words. Hopefully we will meet one day! Take care, Deeba

  12. Super cute! I love them!
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  13. Amazing!!! Love those little cupcakes!!
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  14. WOW! Deeba.. these are absolutely stunning! I cannot believe you made these in the May heat!!! Hats off to you. I am thinking of re-joining DB. I saw this recipe but decided to hold off as its a bit too many components for me and none to share with. Looking forward to the next one! :)

  15. Wow, these little cakes are so cute!
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  16. Mindblowing cute cupcakes, looks fantabulous..

  17. Fantastic job! Your princess cupcakes look amazing! Love the balsamic cherries, too! :)
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  18. Deeba these are perfect! So pretty, and incredibly adorable. The balsamic cherry filling sounds wonderful. I’m so glad you managed to participate this month despite the heat! 😀
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  19. I am so loving those ultra cute mini cakes, such bright and inviting colours.
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  20. Looks absolutely cute … and love the colors you have used Deeba. I am gonna miss this challenge cos of so many trips, as summer vacation started here for Kids. But loved seeing yours and its truly cute princess cake for sure.

  21. these are beautiful. you did a great job on decorating them!
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  22. These li’l beauties are almost too pretty to eat…..
    almost. 😉
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  23. Your little cakes are perfect! And OH MY the heat, I though it was hot in Central Texas! We get a few days as hot as it is there from July to September but if we are lucky it is just a few. I too would have been apprehensive to try this challenge in the late summer months!

  24. Absolutely adorable, Deeba! I totally understand your issues with the hot weather as here in Brazil things can get that bad in summer. I was lucky we’re approaching winter and the weather was perfect for this fabulous dessert. Congrats on your (always) perfect results on the challenge.
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  25. Absolutely beautiful! And such amazing pictures. As always, its such a pleasure to read your blog. :) Happy Baking!
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  26. Loving the mini versions!! They are too too cute. The filling sounds super too!
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  27. Krithika says:

    They look so cute !! Perfect for bridal or baby shower :)
    In the list of ingredients “50g – room temp. and cut in pieces” I think you mean butter :)

  28. I love this Swedish Prinsesstårta Cupcakes.
    Looks Good.
    Great Job.
    Thanks for sharing recipe with us.

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