Friday, 11 April 2014


“He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.” - Henry David Thoreau

When I was in Germany some time ago, I was in a city called Ulm, doing some work at the University Hospital there. One of the doctors I was working with had a charming wife who loved to cook. One of her specialties was this cake, which I loved to eat when she made it. I was given the recipe when I left Ulm and whenever we make it at home, I remember my time there.

BLITZKUCHEN (Lightning Cake)

Ingredients -For the base
200 mL cream
200 g sugar
4 whole eggs
400 g self raising flour
For the topping
125 g molten butter
200 g sugar
2 tablespoonfuls of milk
1 teaspoonful of vanillin sugar
200 g blanched toasted almond flakes


Mix the cream, sugar and eggs together and beat until smooth. Add the flour and mix thoroughly. Spread thinly on a flat baking tray for 10 minutes in an oven heated to 200˚C. While it is cooking, mix the topping: Add the sugar to the molten butter and mix well, adding the milk, vanillin and almond flakes. Spread the topping over the half-cooked base and bake for another 10 minutes.

This post is part of the Food Friday meme,

and also part of the Food Trip Friday meme.


  1. One of the most important aspects of overseas travel, I think, is seeing how people cook and eat. Going to a restaurant is always a delight, but restaurant food may not tell you about Ulm, for example, as well as the spouse of a person you met in a conference there. She is the Real Thing.

  2. This looks wonderful, I must try out the recipe. A friend of mine is trying to give up sugar in her foods completely. I keep telling her that earting sugar in moderation is fine. What do you think?