Swedish Visiting Cake ~ photo courtesy of Complete Amateur
The Swedish Visiting Cake is so named because you can make it in the time it takes someone to drive up your lane for an impromptu visit. It is one of the easiest and fastest cakes I've made--about 35 minutes total, including baking time--and the result is perfect with an unscheduled cup of coffee with a friend.
To begin, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and center the oven rack. Butter--don't flour--a 9" cake pan or skillet, and melt a stick of butter in your microwave. Next:
1 cup of white sugar
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup of flour
1 stick of melted butter
1 cup coconut flakes or 1/2 cup slivered almonds or crushed walnuts.
Mix the sugar and lemon juice together until the sugar is entirely wet. Add the eggs to the sugar mix, one at a time, and stir. Add the vanilla or almond extract (or both!) and the salt. Add the flour and mix for about a minute. If you want raisins or dried fruit, add about 1/2 cup at this time. Now, add the melted butter and beat for about a minute.
This is a very forgiving cake which allows you to be inventive. Feel free to use rum extract, for example, especially if you add raisins. Pour the batter into the 9" cake pan--with or without raisins--and smooth with your spatula. Now, top the batter with coconut, sliced almonds, or crushed walnuts. Place the pan on a cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
I've made three or four of these cakes over the last month and have varied the ingredients in each one. They've all been tasty. Not only is the Swedish Visiting Cake easy to make, it is just about fail safe. Try it, and let me know how it works for you.