German Christmas gingerbread cake

    1 hour 40 minutes

    This is a great German Christmas recipe. Very different to the usual gingerbread- spicy and orangey!

    23 people made this

    Serves: 14 

    • 1 2/3 cups (170g) plain flour
    • 1 cup (125g) wholemeal flour
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 250g butter, softened
    • 2 cups (310g) packed brown sugar
    • 3 eggs
    • 2/3 cup (220g) honey, room temperature
    • 1/4 cup (65ml) orange liqueur
    • 250g sour cream
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) orange juice
    • 1 cup (155g) raisins
    • 1 cup (125g) blanched slivered almonds

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour20min  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Mix together the flours, baking powder, and spices.
    2. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the brown sugar. Beat in the eggs, then the honey, orange liqueur, sour cream, and orange juice. Beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, and then stir in the raisins and almonds. Pour the batter into a greased and floured ring tin.
    3. Bake cake at 180 degrees C for 80 minutes, or until it tests done with toothpick. Transfer to a rack to cool.

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    This recipe will make you a rock star! I have made it for the last 2 years as Christmas gifts, and my German friends all comment on how it reminds them of the holidays from when they were little. It's not overly sweet, which I like. The recipe is easy to follow, and it makes your house smell FABULOUS! It is very authentic-tasting. You simply MUST make this cake.  -  13 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This cake is not too sweet. It has been a hit eveytime I make it!  -  10 Dec 2001  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This is wonderful, I will add more ginger next time but really is great as is. I'll definitely make it again!!!  -  24 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)