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Why this hybrid cake has become a phenomena in Sweden

A Swedish pastry chef has made the brave move of taking two of the most sacred baked goods in the country and combining them to create a hybrid cake.

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16th Jan 2017

A Swedish pastry chef has made the brave move of taking two of the most sacred baked goods in the country and combining them to create a tempting hybrid cake.
Markus Ekelund, the owner of Thimons bakery in Nässjö combined two classic Swedish treats: the marzipan heavy princess cake (prinsesstårta) and the cream filled semla. The sugary monster of a result is the PrinsessSemla. “I had the idea last year then worked on it. The idea was to combine the two most popular baked goods and make one thing from them,” Ekelund told The Local. The hybrid has stirred up some strong emotions since the bakery unveiled it on their Facebook page earlier this week, receiving thousands of comments in response. Some felt their foodie dreams had been fulfilled, one commenter wrote “Oh my, must taste!”. Others, such as a more conservative commenter who insisted “Against: Semlor are and shall always be semlor!”, were not so impressed. Something tells us the bakery won’t be too bothered by the odd Facebook critic though.

“We’re selling a lot of them. They’ve been really popular,” Ekelund revealed.

For any international readers visiting Sweden in the future, here’s why you should try one of the amalgamations according to the creator himself: “It’s a little bit of both. So if you haven’t tried a princess cake, and you haven’t tried a semla, you get both in one thing.” Swedes seem to have a particular obession for baking hybrid goods, beyond the standard cronut or doughssant. This story first appeared on The Local
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