Lisa's spiced chocolate cake - Lísu Brúnterta

This is one of the cakes my mother always makes for holidays like Christmas and Easter, and for birthdays and other special occasions.

500 g flour
350 g sugar
250 g margarine or butter
2 eggs
3 tsp ground cloves
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 tbs dark cocoa
as needed milk

Cream together the sugar and softened margarine or butter. Mix in the eggs. Sift the flour with the spices, baking soda and cocoa. Add to the margarine mix, one tablespoonful at a time. Alternate with splashes of milk, and mix well in between (batter should be medium thick). Pour into cake tins and bake at 190°C until firm. Cool.
My mother makes these cakes about as thick as her thumb, and uses three layers of cake and two layers of vanilla butter icing. Tastes great with whipped cream.

Freezes well.


The Graces said...

This sounds similar to what my host father in Iceland made - a chocolate layer cake but between the layers I remember a rhubarb jam. I think it was 4-6 layers, and I though there was a fluffy cream layer between one or 2, but that was many years ago. Wish I could remember it better. I'll give yours a try. Thanks for having this here!

Bibliophile said...

The cake you remember sounds a bit like another cake also a brúnterta, which is made with a kneaded dough and not batter like this one. That one has alternating layers of jam and butter-cream icing. Thanks for reminding me - I planned to post a recipe for that soon after I posted this one, but I forgot.