This traditional German strawberry cake is a spring and summer staple, and is definitely worth the effort of making it from scratch. The recipe comes from My German Recipes and takes just an hour from start to finish.
Erdbeerkuchen. Photo: Muhammad Sadeeq via Pixabay
Erdbeerkuchen (via My German Recipes)
Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 20 minutes Cooling time: 20 minutes Ingredients: For the cake base:
75g margarine or butter
2 tsp vanilla sugar or a few drops of vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
125g all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp milk
For the vanilla pudding:
1 vanilla pudding sachet
For the glaze:
4 tbsp cornstarch
500ml strawberry juice or water
Whipping cream (optional)
Preheat the oven to 175°c.
Mix the margarine or butter with the sugar and vanilla.
Add one egg, mix, then add the second egg and mix. Each egg should be mixed for about 30 minutes.
In a separate bowl, add the baking powder and salt to the flour and mix.
Add some of the flour to the first bowl and mix for a short time, then add some more flour, mix and add the milk, then add the remaining flour and mix just long enough so that everything is mixed well.
Grease the cake tin and pour in the cake batter.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, then remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin. Once cooled, carefully remove the cake from the tin.
Follow the instructions on the vanilla pudding sachet.
Spread the vanilla pudding on top of the cake.
Wash, clean and halve the strawberries, then arrange them on the cake on top of the pudding layer.
For the glaze, mix the cornstarch and the sugar, then add a little bit of the liquid you are using and stir until smooth.
In a small saucepan, bring the remaining liquid to a boil.
Add the starch mixture and stir. When the liquid starts to thicken, take it off the heat and stir a little longer to let it cool slightly.
Spread the glaze all over the strawberries - you can either do this with a spoon or use a brush.
Let the glaze cool, then optionally decorate with whipped cream. Keep the cake in the fridge until ready to serve.