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Grandma Cake

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Be warned that I’ll take a short break from my usual stance of food snobbery here and do true low-fi lazy food.

When I was shopping on Saturday with my freshly fixed MacBook I felt like having some cake. That’s nothing unusual as I almost always feel like having some cake. But I felt like fruit cake. And it was hot. And that made me think of the cakes my grandma used to make which I loved as a kid.

And while my grandma could cook and bake well – she was the one who introduced me to the insanely great Träubletorte – the dirty secret of this cake is that it’s so full of readymade ingredients and so lacking any effort that it’s hard to believe. And hence I wen shopping and bought:

Those things are both cheap and easy to get. Making the actual cake is as easy: First you unpack the pastry case and open the glass of cherries. Then you mix the small pack of Tortenguß with a bit of sugar and the juice from the cherries and put that mix on the stove until it cooks a little. While that happens you distribute the cherries on the pastry case. And finally you pour the glaze over. Done.

Now you’ll just have to wait a little longer until everything is cold. And preferably whip some cream - which I couldn’t because I hadn’t any. Still, it is a reasonably nice snack and rather easy to make. Of course refinements are possible and probably obligatory if you’re a grandmother. Add a tin of conserved tangerines beween the cherries, or put some sliced almonds on top – both are welcome additions to the cake.

I guess I could go all snobbish on that again. Start making my own sponge cake and hope that it comes out nicely, pick your own fresh cherries (season and a few decades of tree growth permitting…) and make your own glaze starting with sugar or agar-agar or whatever is in there. But if I wanted to go all fancy, I would have made Träubletorte to begin with I suppose.

A piece of cake, cut and ready to be eaten

Oh, and 26°C, Tapas for dinner with a friend…

April 16, 2007, 0:15

Tagged as cake, food.


Comment by Jakob: User icon

How about the extended version with mandarin oranges?

April 21, 2007, 12:38

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April 22, 2007, 18:32

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