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Spanish Vanilla Cake

The Spanish Vanilla Cake (SVC) (german: Spanischer Vanille Kuchen) is surprisingly not a cake with a lot of vanilla in it. Instead it contains a lot of marzipan and chocolate (if you like). Due to extensive evaluation, we now can say with great certainty that the SVC is to our knowledge the best pound cake like cake you can create. It is also one of the easiest cake to make.

Ingredients

  • 375 g marzipan (the baking stuff with a high concentration of almonds, the more almonds the better)
  • 300 g butter
  • 4 p yolk
  • 3 p eggs (really the yolk thing is only for color, therefore, you may replace the 4 yolks by one egg)
  • 400 g sugar
  • 0.11 l water or less, depends on the dough consistency
  • 400 g flour, or any flour replacement product: Please note, we tested this with wheat, spealt, and corn-based flours without gluten stuff, and mixtures of them including non pastry flour. It works with most flours as long as it is not too whole grain
  • 0.5 teaspoon baking soda
  • some lemon zest (optional)
  • * g chocolate (optional)

Oven

  • 220 C ca. 30 min: It usually takes longer and often it is good advice to use less heat. Anyway, baking time is affected by proper preheating, size and form of the the baking pan. Therefore, you have to probe the cake to make sure it is ready. You can use a thin wooden stick or other tools that are available. Probe the cake by sticking the tool in it, then pull it out. In case semi-liquid dough sticks to the stick you are not done.

Process

  • Task: Preparations
    • preheat oven
    • make sure you have all the ingredients available
  • Task: Creating the dough
    • make sure the butter is not hard, in doubt make small flakes of it or use other means to make the butter soft
    • mix butter (soft) and marzipan
    • add sugar and mix
    • add eggs and mix
    • add flourr, mix
    • add water, lemon, chocolate, mix
  • Task: Form (requires dough)
    • grease and flour the form. This is necessary to increase the possibility that the cake will get out of the form eventually. Make sure the grease-flour covering is perfect
    • add dough to the form
  • Task: Bake the cake
    • put form in oven
    • wait the appropriate time
    • test whether the cake is baked completely, in case it is not: continue the baking process for some time, in case you are a late evening baker, embrace the agony that you cannot go to bed just yet. You may repeat this loop until the cake is perfectly baked
    • Remove the form (with the cake) from your baking apparatus
    • Inspect the form an cake and you may use other means to loosen the cake from the form.
    • Place a cutting board or use other cake cooling devices such as a cake cooling rack.
    • Flip it. Do not yet remove the form.
    • Wait for it to cool down at least half way.
    • Then remove the form, if you can.
    • In case you fail: Put the cake together again, not get some more chocolate and cover the whole cake in chocolate. This is also a good idea when you plan to send such cake to loved ones, as it makes the cake more durable for transport and less able to fall victim to spores. In case you want to send it or eat it at another day, you can wrap it in cling film. In such package it has at least once survived delivery to the Netherlands via postal service.

 

Fair produced Electronics

We all know, the production of electronics today is neither ecological nor socially sustainable. A good summary on this topic can be found in the following article (german) Unfair, Teilfair, Ganz Fair?

While this is not part of my research, it is still an important topic for me. Therefore, I include it in my blog.