- Prep time: 15min
- Cook time: 20min
- Total time: 35min
- Difficulty: Basic
The gingerbread spice mix is a blend of spices that is traditionally used in German Lebkuchen. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, corriander, cloves, cardamom, ginger, anise, and star anise are among the ingredients. You can make it yourself or use a pumpkin spice mix instead. You could also use cherry or apricot jam instead of plum jam.
For the Gingerbread cake.
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 heaped tablespoon gingerbread spice mix (lebkuchengewuerz)
- 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar
- 7 tablespoons plum jam
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons plum jam + 1 tablespoon rum for glazing the cake)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet 30x30cm with parchment paper. Mix together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour in the milk slowly after adding the plum jam. Whisk until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from the baking pan and placing on a tray.
In a small saucepan, combine the plum jam and rum and heat for 2-3 minutes, or until the jam is thin and bubbling. Brush the top of the cake with the jam-rum mixture and set aside.
For the Chocolate glaze.
- 100g bittersweet chocolate, cut into pieces
- 3 tablespoons neutral oil
Melt the chocolate and oil together over a double boiler (bain-marie). Remove from the heat and set aside for 5 minutes before pouring over the cake. Using a long, thin knife, smooth the glaze. Refrigerate until the chocolate has hardened before cutting into cubes or squares and serving.
Also known as Medeno Srce.
New Years bring with them new beginnings and new opportunities. Meeting new people, trying new things, breaking bad habits, making your life simpler or more complicated. It can go either way, and the beauty of it is that you never know where your decisions will lead you.
You’ve come to the right place if you want to try new things or make your life easier and less stressful. This moist chocolate gingerbread cake is one of the most delicious things I’ve tried this year. It’s also one of the simplest, simplest, and most likely healthiest cakes. Every time I made it, at least five people asked for the recipe and were surprised to learn that it contains no eggs or fat. The look of surprise and disbelief on their faces is difficult to match.
You’ll need a gingerbread spice mix to make this cake. A gingerbread spice mix is a mix of spices traditionally used in German Lebkuchen that contains cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, corriander, cloves, cardamom, ginger, anise, and star anise. You can easily make it yourself or use pumpkin spice mix instead, but I recommend using the gingerbread spice mix because it gives the cake that special something.