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26 Jan, 2013

Lightning Cake: A great recipe for beginner bakers

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy

That's my girl!

I’ve written about this before, but I’m not much of a baker. Perhaps it’s because I’m impatient with things like measuring, something that is kind of important as it pertains to baked goods. Or maybe I don’t bake because I prefer savoury treats to sweet ones? (Although I do like to eat the results of other people’s baking!) Or maybe it’s because my baking projects don’t turn out as pretty as I would like them too.

It’s no wonder, really, that one of my kids has taken up baking. Someone in the house has figured out if she wants baked goods, she will have to bake them herself. Smart cookie.

My youngest had been bugging me to bake something with her, so I asked her to flip through my copy of Joy of Cooking and collect some ideas. She showed me a recipe for something called Lightning Cake, which is also known as German Blitz Torte (presumably because it can be made in record time).

The Germans weren’t lying. This is a very quick and easy recipe with pretty good results. (I was going to tap it out, but someone already did right here.) We chose to frost ours with a thick layer of vanilla icing instead of using the almond topping, and it turned out wonderfully moist and flavourful. I wish I had a photo of the finished product, but we ate it before I realized I should have snapped a pic or two.

3 Responses to "Lightning Cake: A great recipe for beginner bakers"

1 | Lorrie Douthwright

January 27th, 2013 at 12:36 pm


this has just made it’s way to my todo list.

2 | Chantal

January 28th, 2013 at 1:13 pm


if you want an easy chocolate cake try the Moosewood vegan chocolate cake. It is a one pan cake, no mixer needed (I just used a fork) and it was delish!

3 | Vincent

June 6th, 2016 at 3:49 pm


Perfect cake for cooks beginners :)

If you want to discover special birthday cakes, here is my article about best kids birthday cake. There is some for beginners and some others for very good cooks ;)

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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