My daughter is in third year German in high school. Each year the language classes host what they call “Flex Week”. One part of Flex Week is that each student brings in a recipe that is authentic to their language. “Zitronenkuchen” translates to lemon cake, and these little beauties really live up to their name! Bursting with lemon flavor, this recipe was actually for a cake, but I chose to make mini muffins to make easier individual servings.
Last year for Flex Week I made Partybrot, which is a wonderful German pull part bread, perfect for a party, hence the name. For Kristen’s first year in German we made Homemade German Pretzels, and they were sooo good! So this year we decided something sweet was in order, but Frau’s* one rule is that you can’t bring German Chocolate Cake.
* Frau is how they address the German teacher. The definition is “used as a courtesy title in a German-speaking area before the surname or professional title of an adult woman.”
I originally found this recipe at Angie’s Kitchen, however hers contained cranberries (which sounds so yum!) and was baked in a loaf pan. I’ve adjusted my recipe for baking mini muffins, so if you prefer to try a loaf pan version or regular sized muffins, check the baking alternatives at the end of the recipe below.
Mini Lemon Cakes (Zitrone Mini-Kuchen)
adapted from German Lemon Cake – Zitronenkuchen
Regular muffin pan: 20-22 minutes
Loaf pan: 65-85 minutes
If baking in a loaf pan, after 35 minutes cover the cake with a sheet of foil greased with butter.
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