Sunday, October 30, 2005


This flavourful cake is a Swiss speciality from Graubünden (south-eastern Switzerland). It is a “poorer” version of "LEBKUCHEN" or "SPICE CAKE/PAIN D'ÉPICE". It is also a bit similar to the American "DEPRESSION CAKE" of the 1930's which has no eggs nor butter...

"KIEGSKUCHEN" is a simple wartime cake, but it’s nonetheless rich in taste and will perfume your kitchen beautifully while baking. This cake is also ideal if you are doing a diet and trying to cut on fat.

I got that recipe from my boyfriend’s mother (who got it from her mother) and customized it, so that it meets my taste. I simply love it’s fluffy and slightly rubbery texture!!!

250g Plain white flour
175g Castor sugar
4 Tsps Cocoa powder
1 Tsp Cinnamon powder
3/4 Tsp Clove powder
3 Tsps Baking powder
1 Egg (~63-70g)
1 Tbs Oil (olive oil, peanut oil, etc…) or melted butter/ghee
Milk or buttermilk (enough in order to obtain a smooth cake batter)

1. Mix the flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon clove and baking powder together.
2. Beat the egg with the oil.
3. Mix all ingredients together (including the milk) in order to cake a smooth cake mixture.
4. Put in a cake tin and bake until cooked at 180° celsius.

The cake mixture should not be too runny.
You can either bake this cake in a normal rectangular cake tin, in a round cake tin or in individual cup cake tins; it only depends on the shape you wish to have. I recommend you to try it first in a rectangular loaf tin (normal cake tin) as, in that way, it stays nicely humid...

Serving suggestions:
If you want, you can sprinkle the top of this cake with icing sugar.
Cut the the “KRIEGSKUCHEN” in slices and butter (plain butter) before eating.

(Kriegskuchen -Pic by Rosa @Rosa's Yummy Yums)


  1. Beautiful to look at, I bet they taste great too.Thanks for sharing this family recipe with us.

  2. Hi Indira,
    Thanks for your comment!
    Yes, they do taste great... ;-)))

  3. Your war cakes look cute :)

  4. Hey, nice cake. Do you mind if I'm giving the link of your post to Papilles & Pupilles ? She's a food blogger and her kid is allergic to eggs, so I bet she's going to love that recipe ! Let me know...

  5. Hi Cindy,
    Yes, of course, you are welcome to give my link to anybody interested in my recipes or blog!...

  6. J'adore le nom de ce gateau, tres martial!

  7. Yay, another Kriegskuchen fan! I have my family recipe with photos up on my blog too. It's slightly different in that there is no egg at all. I'll have to try yours.

  8. SHUTTERSPARKS: Thanks for passing by and for leaving a comment on my blog! I'll also have to try yours...