Koenigskuchen (King's Cake) is a traditional German Christmas cake recipe I like to make this time of year. Although the original Koenigskuchen recipe uses all-purpose flour, I like to make it with whole wheat flour. Not only is the whole wheat healthier, it gives the cake a darker colour, similar to a regular fruitcake.
Traditional recipe is:
250 grams butter
200 grams sugar
one package vanilla sugar (or 1/2 tsp.vanilla extract)
a pinch of salt
grated peel of 1/2 lemon (or 1/2 tsp. lemon juice)
1/8 liter milk
350 grams all-purpose flour
1 package (one or two teaspoons) baking powder
4 tablespoons rum (I believe it helps in the leavening of the cake)
40 grams finely minced citron
150 grams each of raisins and currants.
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