Swedish Princess Cake
"A princess cake (prinsesstårta in Swedish) is a traditional Swedish layer cake or torte consisting of alternating layers of airy sponge cake, pastry cream, and thick-domed layer of whipped cream. This is topped with marzipan, giving the cake a smooth rounded top. The marzipan overlay is usually agree, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and often decorated with a marzipan rose.
The original recipe first appeared in the 1948 Prinsessornas Kokbok (cookbook), which was published by Jenny Akerstrom, a teacher of three of Prince Prince carl Duke of Vaestergoetland. The cake was originally called grön tårta (green cake), but was given the prinsesstårta or "princess cake" because the princesses were said to have been especially fond of the cake. The princesses were Princess Margaretha (1899-1977 - later Princess of Denmark), Princess Martha (1901-1954, later Crown Princess of Norway), and Princess Astrid (1905-1935, later Queen of the Belgians). The cake is widely featured in Tom McNeal's book Far Far Away." -wikipedia
I would say it is probably the best cake around. It is light & rich at the same time. It's a bit tricky to put together and overtime I make one I am a little in awe about the construction as well as the simple beauty of it.
It is filled with the most delightful ingredients: genoise cake, raspberry preserve, pastry cream (similar to a vanilla custard), whipped cream and marzipan (imagine ground almond meet rose water meet powdered sugar).
I think this cake had me at marzipan. My culinary colleagues know how much I love marzipan and I will never pass up good marzipan!