This is supposedly a traditional German birthday cake. I always thought this one looked particularly delicious. It looked like cake, whipped frosting, berries, custard, cake, whipped frosting, and more berries. And nuts somewhere in the mix. I was right, except for one part, and that one through me for a loop.
Like I said, I thought that the filling was a whipped frosting, but it turns out it was a meringue! So I was not suppose to stick the above part in the oven yet, I had to whip up a meringue and then spread it over the batter and top with toasted hazelnuts! Which made this one a very unique cake. I have never made anything like it.
The meringue didn’t quite stay smooth like it should have, and that’s probably because I went on a date with my husband while Gran took this one out of the oven for me. It was fine, but it probably should’ve been turned out of it’s pan after 20 minutes rather than 2 hours, but I didn’t want to make my mom do that while watching George.
We had our community group over for dinner after I made this one, and not a single piece was leftover. It was so unique and delicious, we all loved it. You could definitely taste the honey in it, and it went very well with all the other flavors. The recipe says you could use your favorite jam in place of the custard (which would take far less time) and the fresh berries are optional though wonderful.