Freitag, 13. Juni 2008

Skúffukaka - Icelandic "Brownies" one could call them

(picture taken by my dear little sister)

I was asked to make these for my colleges on my Birthday ... every woman in Iceland has a recepie of their own Skúffukaka... and this is our little secret from my Mum.
She makes this in the owen drawer and then cuts it up in pieces after the frosting is stiff again, and safes it in a air tight tin. It´s great to take with you on a picknick or on a small trip. The cocoa - coffee - cocos taste just makes a hit. Once i baked it in a too small pan and it kinda looked like a vulcano so some of my friends know it as the Volcano Cake ;-)

This Picture is from my little sister, the recepie from my mum and my big sisters bakes it too.. and the funny thing is, it never taste the same so I guess a part of everyones soul get mixed up in the dough and makes it by every baker special

so here is the recepie


300 ml Sugar
2 TSP Vanillasugar
2 eggs
450 ml Flour
3 TSP baking powder
150g Butter
1 TBSP Cocoa
150 ml milk

preheat the oven to 180°C

Beat the eggs with the sugar, then add the rest of the things to it. Bake in a greaced pan, i usually make the 2x recepie and bake in the rectangular baking tin that comes with the oven.
Bake at 180°C for about 40 minutes.
Then its time for the cake to cool of in the tin. While the frosting is made. Usually when I have time I bake the cake in the evening and put the frosting on it the next day. Or i put it out on the balcony when its cold outside ;o)

200g powderd sugar
4 tbsp melted real butter (magarine wont do it, cause it gotta get stiff when cold!)
1 tbsp cocoa
4 tbsp espresso
2 tsp vanilla sugar

So that the frosting wont get too thin, I use cold espresso and let the melted butter cool down a bit. Then just mix it all together, whisk well till its soft and smoothy and poor over the cooled of cake.
In the end spread some cocos grate over it, just like it has been snowing.
Let the frosting cool completely before you cut the cake in bites :o). This cake stores very vell in a air tight tin box and is a great compagnion for a short trip.

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