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It's so easy to bake a popular children's classic: ant cake from a tray

2024-02-27T17:43:02.879Z

Highlights: It's so easy to bake a popular children's classic: ant cake from a tray. The ant cake is juicy, fluffy and is one of the classic sponge cakes. The chocolate sprinkles in the batter give the ant cake its name. It can be baked either in a tray or in a baking pan. Some cake recipes contain eggnog, but you can find an alcohol-free version here from Gofeminin.de. But the classic is no longer for a children's birthday party. Instead of the couverture, the ant Cake can be alternatively covered with a glaze.



As of: February 27, 2024, 6:30 p.m

By: David Holzner

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Still looking for something sweet for your next child's birthday?

The ant cake is perfect and easy to bake.

The ant cake is juicy, fluffy and is one of the classic sponge cakes.

In addition to the wonderful taste, the easy preparation makes it very popular among amateur bakers.

It also comes together in a flash on the baking tray.

So if a children's birthday party is about to take place in your household, watch out: With its funny name and delicious taste, the ant cake might be a hit at your party.

Some cake recipes contain eggnog, but you can find an alcohol-free version here from

Gofeminin.de

.

This makes the classic sponge cake a treat for young and old.

Ant Cake Recipe: These ingredients are required

The chocolate sprinkles in the batter give the ant cake its name.

It can be baked either in a tray or in a baking pan.

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For the ant cake you need the following ingredients:

For the batter:

  • 300 g butter (soft)

  • 250g sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch of salt

  • 300g flour

  • 1 pack of baking powder

  • 300 ml cream

  • 150 g chocolate sprinkles

For the glaze:

  • 250 g couverture

  • 1 tsp coconut oil

  • Chocolate sprinkles as desired

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Ant cake from the tray: This is how you can easily bake the classic cake

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees top/bottom heat.

    Line the tray with baking paper or grease it.

  • Mix the butter with the sugar until fluffy.

    Then gradually stir in the eggs.

    Add vanilla extract and salt.

  • Mix flour and baking powder in a second bowl.

    Then stir the dry ingredients alternately with the cream into the first bowl.

    Add the chocolate sprinkles and stir everything well.

    Then put the dough on the tray and smooth it out.

  • Place the cake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes.

    The baking time can vary: It is best to check with a chopstick whether the cake is done.

    After the baking time, let the cake cool down.

  • Meanwhile, chop the couverture coarsely and let it melt over a water bath together with the coconut oil.

    Brush the cake with the icing and decorate it with additional chocolate sprinkles if desired.

  • Ant cake: This is the best way to make it

    To ensure that the classic is a perfect success, here are a few things that need to be taken into account:

    • In order for the batter for the cake to turn out well, the butter should be soft when whipped so that it becomes nice and creamy.

      It's best to use a food processor or a hand mixer for this.

      The eggs should also be at room temperature.

      The food blog

      SimplyMalene

      recommends stirring in the eggs one at a time and beating for 30 seconds each.

      The aim is for the air you add to expand during baking and make the cake fluffier.

    • The baking time also depends on the cake pan.

      If you use a wreath or springform pan instead of a tray, the baking time of the cake will be longer.

      The same applies here: the stick test shows whether the cake is already ready.

      To do this, insert a wooden stick into the cake.

      If there is still some dough stuck to the stick, the cake will need a little longer.

      If in doubt, it is better to take the cake out of the oven too early rather than too late.

      Sponge cakes still have some moisture and can therefore dry out quickly.

    • If an ant cake isn't complete for you without eggnog, then that's no problem.

      In this case, Brigitte.de

      recommends replacing the cream with 150 ml of eggnog.

      But the classic is no longer suitable for a children's birthday party.

    • Instead of the couverture, the ant cake can alternatively be dusted with powdered sugar or covered with a sugar glaze.

    The ant cake from the tray is ideal for coffee gatherings or birthday parties.

    You can bake it a few days earlier and then freeze it to make it last longer.

    If the freezer compartment is large enough, you can put the entire tray in it with a lid.

    At room temperature, the cake should be packed airtight so that it can still be enjoyed a few days later.

    Looking for more recipes?

    In the Merkur.de PDF library you will find a large selection of recipes that you can download free of charge after successful registration.

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    Discover numerous recipes in the Merkur.de PDF library.

    Source: merkur

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