Monday, 28 June 2010

✺ it's all relative

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 ~
 she said 
"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?

topfkuchen

you will need ....
4 eggs
250g softened butter
250g flour
250g sugar
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
and/or
100g raisins
or 
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!

5 comments:

  1. Oh heck... is it only supposed to be children lick those things and scrape the bowl?
    ooops
    ;)

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  2. My mother used to make this cake when I was a kid but in here version half the mix was plain and half had cocoa powder added. The the two were mixed in the pan to create a merbled effect before cooking. Simple and delicious!!

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  3. now that's a delicious idea!
    I shall try that next time I bake topfkuchen ^_^

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  4. Hi, My parents are both German and my mom used to make the most delicious Topfkuchen. I made your recipe last night and it's delicious!! It didn't rise as much as I thought but it has a wonderful consistency. Thank you! -Nana Ji Myung Obermann

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  5. that is good to hear Nana ^_^
    I've found mixing it for a good few minutes with an electric mixer makes it lighter as it adds more air:
    also using a bundt tin does too:
    happy baking!

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