Why Katy's Barking Gecko ?!

I love to travel, I love to cook and to try new recipes...

After returning from yet another trip to South Africa I browsed one of my Food Magazin subscriptions and

we started to envision how it might be to have a small, a very small restaurant. Somewhere in Australia or

South Africa.
Maybe 4 or 5 tables.
To be in the kitchen wearing t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops cooking for fun and nice people....

Doesn't that sound great ?!
We even came up with a name: Katy's Barking Gecko

Well there is no restaurant (so far....), but heaps of favourite recipes.

Monday, April 18, 2011

My Mums Potato Cake

My Mum loves to make this cake.
Every time I tell someone that she is baking her Potato Cake I look into puzzled faces...
No one can imagine that you can make a sweet cake just with Potatoes, no flour needed.
But give it a try it's delicious...


For the cake:
375 g boiled potatoes
300 g sugar
1 package vanilla sugar
1 pinch salt
4 eggs separated into 4 egg yolks and 4 egg white
150 g semolina
1 pinch baking powder
100 g ground hazelnuts

For the cream:
250 g potato
4 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. rum
50 g ground almonds

1 tsp. cocoa powder for decoration


Mix sugar, vanilla sugar, salt and 4 egg yolks until fluffy.
Gradually add potatoes ( process them through a potato ricer before that).
You get the best results if you cook the potatoes the day before.
Then add the semolina, baking powder and ground hazelnuts and stir.
Beat the egg whites until fluffy and gently fold in.
Bake for 50 minutes at 175 ° to 200 °, switch off the oven and leave the cake in the warm oven for another 10 minutes.

Prepare the cream.
Beat the butter until fluffy, gradually add the sugar, then stir in potatoes (processed through a potato ricer like the ones you used before), in the end add the rum and almonds.
Divide the cake into 3 cake bases.
Spread the bottom base with the cream, apply the second base on top, spread the top of that base with cream as well. Now apply the third base on top of that.
Now you cover the whole cake with the rest of the cream.
Sprinkle the top of the cake with cocoa powder for decoration.

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