my daughters' papa has family roots in Germany:
we spent many times in Hamburg eating delicious cakes
made by his cousins wife ~ Gudrun:
she kindly sent me this recipe for my collection:
translated for me by her daughter Natascha ~
"it is called topfkuchen and is the easiest
most famous German cake recipe I think"
while making it I realised that I inherited my food mixer
from my late mother-in-law Trudi:
so it is quite fitting to be using it to make this cake:
*and it is indeed a topmixer, don't you just love the fancy flan on the box?
you will need ....
250g softened butter
½ teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
heat your oven to 160°c/ gas 4:
grease and line a cake tin ~ any shape:
I used a loaf tin but I think they are often baked in a savarin
or bundt tin:
in a bowl sift your flour and baking powder:
then stir in the sugar and salt:
add the eggs and butter and mix together until light:
* as children there was always a scuffle to be the one to lick these!
now you can add one of these flavours as suggested by Gudrun ....
the zest and juice of a lemon
50g chocolate chips
I added choc chip as directed Libbie:
bake for an hour, testing with a skewer to make sure
it's cooked in the middle:
cool in the tin for a short while then turn onto a rack:
schmeckt gut as they say in Germany:
here's hoping she will next share her fabulous cake with
custard and whole apples!