May 09, 2010

Mother's Day Tosca Cake

This is a classic Finnish cake and a perfect fit for Mother's Day. Incredibly buttery and sweet, but so irresistible. I actually don't know what the word "tosca" means or where it comes from, but I think it refers to the almond-butter topping. If you don't like almonds, you could substitute with rolled oats.

Finnish Tosca Cake


2 eggs
75g caster sugar
150 ml melted unsalted butter
140 g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
100 ml milk


75g unsalted butter
75g caster sugar
1,5 tbsp plain flour
75g flaked almonds
1 tbsp milk

Make the base: whip sugar and eggs until thick and pale. Stir in butter, then add half of the milk, half of the flour-baking powder mixture, stir, and add in the rest of the milk and flour. Stir well and pour into a 1,3 litre tin. Cook the base in 175C for 15 minutes and in the mean while make the topping: Place all ingredients in to a pan and let come to boil. Take the half baked cake out of the oven, spread the topping on the cake and bake until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean and the top is cooked golden.

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