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Germany: Lebkuchen Cake

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Today’s post is a record of what happens when you try to be too clever. When I started designing this cake, I went way over the top. I had an amazing vision of a cake that was a combination of lebkuchen and black forest gateaux – my two favourite German desserts. Surprisingly enough, this did not work.

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A a result, I decided to make life a little more simple, and just focus on lebkuchen, the lovely German spiced biscuits. The flavours have been adapted into a cake, filled with apricot jam and iced with traditional glace icing. Decoration takes the form of piped chocolate, as i traditional or these biscuits. The cake is dark, rich and very strong in flavour, but well worth trying!

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Lebkuchen Cake

Ingredients:

  • 8oz butter
  • 8oz dark muscovado sugar
  • 113gblack treacle
  • 12oz plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground allspice
  • 2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 300ml milk
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Icing:

  • 50g icing sugar, sifted
  • 4 tsp water
  • 10g dark chocolate
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 160C/350F/Gas Mark 3. Grease and line either two 7 inch sandwich tins. Heat the butter, sugar and treacle together and stir until smooth, before allowing the mixture to cool slightly.

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl before combining with the treacle mixture. Add the eggs and mix well.

Warm the milk in a pan, stirring to ensure it does not burn on the bottom of the pan. Add the bicarbonate of soda and allow the mixture to foam slightly, before adding to the mixture and mixing well to combine.

Pour into the cake tins and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Check they are cooked by testing to see if a skewer comes out clean.

Sandwich the cooled cakes together with apricot jam.  Make the glace icing by mixing the sifted icing sugar and the water to form a basic glace icing. Using a pastry brush, top the cake with the glace icing and leave to cool. Once cooled, melt the chocolate and place in a piping bag. Use this to decorate the lebkuchen biscuits, either with slashes or patterns.

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