A cake and a story. From Frankfurt-Interaktiv.de:
"The Frankfurter Kranz is a typical bakery specialty of Frankfurt. An unknown master pastry chef created this tasty round in 1735. Its form demonstrates that the metropolis on the Main was the crown city of the German Empire for hundreds of years. The ring of cake with a golden hull of crocant (chopped hazelnut brittle) and its decoration of candied cherries symbolizes a golden crown bedecked with jewels. It has long been a standard of festive afternoon family gatherings ("Kaffeetafel" - coffee buffet) in Frankfurt on Main." (translation J.McGavin)
There are several variations. Here is a recipe for Frankfurter Kranz which uses the traditional German buttercream frosting, but is made in a seven-inch springform, just enough for small gatherings of two to four people.
Photo © J.McGavin
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