For the queen of the party: Frankfurt Crown Cake
Frankfurt Crown Cake, also known as Frankfurter Kranz, is a classic German recipe. Resembling a crown and adorned with golden brittle and berry "jewels," this cake is the perfect way to celebrate your birthday queen or king:
You will need:
For the cake batter:
- 1¾ sticks soft butter
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2½ cups flour
- 1⅛ cups cornstarch
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- ½ cup cold milk
For the brittle:
- 2 tbsp butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 cups chopped almonds
For the filling:
- 3½ sticks soft butter
- 1 lb vanilla custard
- 1¼ cups berry jam
For the decoration:
- whipped cream
- For the cake, add the butter and sugar to a bowl and beat until frothy.
- Add the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and milk and mix the ingredients to form a smooth batter.
- Grease a Bundt cake pan and pour the batter inside. Preheat the oven to 340 °F and bake for 40 minutes.
- In the meantime, get started on the brittle by melting the 2 tbsp of butter in a pan, and then adding the sugar. Heat until the sugar begins to caramelize, then add the chopped almonds. Stir until the almonds are completely covered in sugar and are golden brown.
- For the filling, beat the soft butter in a large bowl and then add the custard. Beat thoroughly.
- As soon as the cake has cooled, remove it from the pan and cut it crosswise into three equal-sized layers.
- Transfer the custard mixture to a large piping bag and make three rings on top of the bottom cake layer. Fill another piping bag with the jam, and add a fruity ring between the creamy ones. Place the second layer of cake on top, and repeat the process. Cover with the top layer of cake.
- Once the cake is all put together, evenly spread the remaining custard mixture over the entire surface.
- Cover the surface with brittle, and garnish with dollops of whipped cream and berries.
Let the royal festivities begin. Enjoy!