Swedish Visiting Cake

(Recipe from Dorie Greenspan)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for topping
  • Grated zest of one lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick melted butter, (8 ounces) cooled
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl combine sugar and grated lemon zest; rub between fingers to release oils.
Whisk in eggs one at time, vanilla, almond extract and salt. Stir in flour; fold in butter. Stir just until combined. Spoon into 9-inch greased cake pan. You can also use a 9-inch cast-iron skillet. Top with sliced almonds; sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake 25-30 minutes until golden and slightly crisp on outside.

Serves 8

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