If there is any such thing as a perfect day, I may very well have stumbled upon it the day I first baked this cake. Last summer in northeast Germany, I enjoyed an early morning slice of warm Frühstückskuchen with a mug of strong, black coffee while watching my children play outside in the land of their great, great grandparents. For an American intent on reconnecting with her German ancestry, it was an amazing moment.
It’s time to bake another Frühstückskuchen and reminisce!
Ingredients (makes 1 9″ x 13″ cake)
2 cups grated carrot
1 cup peeled, chopped apple
3/4 cup real applesauce (no corn syrup)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
Step 1) Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ cake pan.
Step 2) Combine carrots, apple, applesauce, oil, eggs, and sugar in a large bowl.
Step 3) Combine spices, baking powder, baking soda, and flours in a second large bowl.
Step 4) Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
Step 5) Spread batter into the pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick
inserted into the center comes out clean. Check after 35 minutes; do not overbake.
Step 6) Let cool slightly before cutting. Serve with fresh fruit and a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar, if desired.