I had heard the story about the tradition of hubby’s Grandma Lilly’s famous “Green Cake”.
Grandma Lilly is his mother’s mom and she would make this cake every Christmas throughout his childhood. It was something to look forward to – it was part of the whole Christmas experience. His parents would make the drive from Detroit to Cleveland to visit. When they’d walk into his Swedish grandmother’s house, there would be the familiar spread of meringues, pecan tassies, spritz cookies and, of course, a green Swedish almond cake in the center of the table.
With sprinkles. Always with sprinkles.
This past weekend, hubby’s brother, Jeff, flew out from Michigan to help with a house project we have going on and he surprised us with the green cake! His wife, Ann, baked it the night before for us. I was anxious to try it – I had no idea what to expect because the only thing I knew about it was that it was green.
What struck me first was the texture – Jeff said it was filled with crushed almonds and I loved that about it. It reminded me of the almond macaroons I get at our local farmer’s market. Then he told me that bread crumbs are used in place of flour. I thought that was wild so I insisted on the recipe.
I’m so glad I have a copy of it now because now we can re-start that tradition here!
- 4 eggs
- 2 c. granulated sugar
- 1 c. melted butter (salted)
- 2 tsp. almond extract
- 1 c. plain bread crumbs
- 1 c. crushed almonds
- green food coloring
- buttercream frosting
- Preheat oven to 300F degrees
- Grease an 8-inch round cake pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, then grease the top of the parchment paper as well.
- Using a hand mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, melted butter, and almond extract together.
- Add the bread crumbs and crushed almonds and mix until all combined.
- Add a few drops of green food coloring - adjusting until you get the green-ness that you'd like.
- Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before adding frosting and sprinkles. Always sprinkles.
- Top with your favorite buttercream frosting, or use ours by clicking here.