Sweetened Cake

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Sweetened Cake


This old-fashioned recipe paves the way for a sweet finale, one that can be customized to your taste. The five-ingredient batter comes together in a matter of minutes. Use it to fill a buttered, floured springform pan. Then, spread the surface of the cake with spoonfuls of your favorite jam, be it blackberry, strawberry or apricot, and bake it until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. A sprinkle of powdered sugar finishes it off.


  • 150 grams strong flour
  • 20 grams yeast (brewer’s)
  • 80 grams milk
  • 450 grams flour
  • 200 grams water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon
  • 100 grams butter (at room temperature)
  • 50 grams melted butter
  • 150 grams powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon rum


  1. Quickly combine the flour, the yeast, and the milk in a small bowl and let it rise until it has doubled in size, approximately 1 hour.
  2. Dissolve the yeast starter in a bowl with the water, add the egg yolks and blend well.
  3. Add the flour, sugar, salt, and the grated lemon peel, knead together and add the butter.
  4. Knead vigorously for 8 to 10 minutes until the dough no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. The dough will be soft, it is not necessary to add more flour.
  5. Place the dough in a bowl greased with butter and let it rise for approximately 1 hour.
  6. Place the dough on the work surface and knead it briefly; cut it into 16 pieces and shape the pieces into 16 balls. Dip each ball in the melted butter and place them inside a 26 centimeter cake pan, cover the pan and let the dough rise for approximately 30 minutes.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven, let cool slightly and brush them with the icing while warm.
  9. Beat the powdered sugar with the egg whites and the rum in a bowl, the mixture should be thick. Add more powdered sugar if the icing is too thin, if it is too thick, add a few drops of rum.
  10. Let the icing set and serve.
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NutritionView more



Calories1070Calories from Fat320
Total Fat36g55%
Saturated Fat21g105%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat320
Total Carbohydrate163g54%
Dietary Fiber7g28%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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