Friday, May 08, 2009

A Swedish Classic: Almond Tosca Cake Recipe

Here's a recipe for a classic Swedish cake that I've been making for quite a few years. I'm sharing it with you, as I've got several Tosca-inspired recipes coming up, so I've got something to link to :) It's a simple sponge cake that's brought to another lever by a crispy and buttery almond topping. Here's a basic version that I love. But a friend of mine adds a large grated apple to the base, just to make it moister (though it's by no means a dry sponge cake to start with).

A true keeper and a star on any coffee table.

Have you tried a Tosca cake before? And which yummy variations on the theme can you think of?

Swedish Tosca Cake
(Toska kook)
Serves 8-10

3 large eggs
200 ml sugar
400 ml plain/all-purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
100 ml milk
125 g butter, melted and cooled

Tosca topping:
75 g butter
100 g almond slices
150 ml sugar
4 Tbsp whipping/double cream
1 Tbsp plain flour

First make the sponge cake: whisk eggs and sugar until thick, pale and creamy. Mix dry ingredients, then fold gently with milk and melted butter to the egg mousse.
Pour the batter into a buttered and lined 25 cm springform tin. Bake in a pre-heated 200 C/400 F oven for 20 minutes.
Mix the tosca topping ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Spoon onto the half-baked cake.
Bake in a 225 C oven for another 10 minutes, until the topping is lovely golden colour and cooked.

Read more about Tosca Cake:
Several variations on the Tosca theme on Anne's Food
Clivia's Tosca Cake
Evelin's Tosca cookies


Nicole said...

Is double cream the same as heavy whipping cream? Do you think I could substitute. This looks like a great Sunday brunch item.

Anne said...

Yum, this is my dad's absolute favorite :)

Siri said...

Mmmm...almond cake...I've been meaning to make this for ages now. Excited to see the recipes you have in store!

Annemarie said...

Simple sounding, but with just the right number of favorite ingredients to guarantee you'll be chastizing yourself for having too many slices.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thank you for posting this recipe - I made it for a friend's birthday and it was absolutely dreamy! Yum!

Maryam Smith said...

I'm looking for a cookies receipe we call Tosca,but that is not cake,like some cookies a little one,made by flour,margarine,butter,egg,almond,sugar,do you have one?

Pille said...

Nicole - double cream and heavy cream and whipping cream all have a slightly different milk fat content, but can still be substituted for each other.

Anne - I know!! Didn't you make it for your dad's birthday once?

Siri - enjoy!

Annemarie - it's the crispy almond topping that makes me indulge and go overboard every time :D

Wouldliketoeat - so pleased to hear that!!!

Maryam - so sorry, I am not familiar with those cookies. Are they Swedish??

cody said...

Very good cake and very easy to make and amazing! This is my second time making this recipe and I have shared it on this page,