German Sandkuchen for a Holiday Breakfast

Around the World in 28 Cakes is back! I turned off my oven during the summer heat wave and just didn't turn it back on. With it getting chilly in NJ the past week or so, it's time to dig into some new recipes. I've also got a new oven with a convection setting! This is both exhilarating and intimidating. I think I'm up to the task. To start my practice, I spent last weekend whipping up a German sandkuchen. This delectable pound cake is made up of all ingredients that are (mostly) all in your cabinet. It can be made up in a little over an hour and it's light lemon flavor will compliment any holiday breakfast buffet. Or let it stand alone and you'll devour the whole thing!

Around the World in 28 Cakes: German Sandkuchen

When I say that you already have all the ingredients already in your cabinet, I'm totally serious. All I did in terms of shopping for this cake was buying a lemon. Too bad 7-11 doesn't have lemons or I could have grabbed it on my way home. 7-11 happens to be the only "store" I pass on my new, ridiculously short commute home. Unless you count Dunkin Donuts but you cannot make a pound cake with donuts.

It's a very basic pound cake with one little twist: cornstarch. I had no idea that you could actually bake with cornstarch. I've only ever used it to thicken sauces (which is once in a blue moon) and the whole baking thing was totally new. Way to go Germany for dreaming up a delicious way to use that huge box of cornstarch.

Around the World in 28 Cakes: German Sandkuchen

Around the World in 28 Cakes: German Sandkuchen

The cornstarch is amazing in the recipe because it makes the whole cake dense and delicious. Pair it with the lemon zest, the cake is heavy and light at the same time. Does that make sense? I always struggle to describe cakes without just yelling at you, "Hey, make it! It's super delicious!" But I hope at least the pictures are doing it for me.

Now it's not too late to make this cake for Thanksgiving breakfast tomorrow. It's got a stick-to-the-ribs thing going on, which is especially helpful if you're not eating at noon. It'll take about 20 minutes of prep and mixing then 35-40 minutes in the oven. No time at all! My family does not eat before 4pm on Thanksgiving which means that it is a looong time before the turkey. We do have snacks but they are my greatest downfall. I always cram myself full of crackers and brie which leaves little room for cramming in turkey. Long story short: a good breakfast is what you need on Thanksgiving!

Nick and I are not going to need anything to eat tomorrow morning since we'll be headed out for breakfast with his family. We're so fortunate to be able to split our time between two families but that means an early morning at the diner. Then a long day waiting for dinner. But isn't it fantastic that we have a whole day dedicated to eating?

Whether you're in need of a breakfast pound cake tomorrow or not, add German sandkuchen to your list of easy-to-bake recipes (or start a list with this if you don't have one!)