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Best Lebkuchen Recipe - How to impress your friends with the German Christmas cake

Updated on August 23, 2016

It's quick and easy to make!

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 25-30 pieces

Bake your own Delicious last minute Christmas gift

I don't only love this "Lebkuchen" cake because it is so delicious, rich and juicy and because it reminds me of Christmas and candlelight; it is also super simple to prepare: no fiddling with the eggs to separate the yolk and no sieving of the flour for instance. Alone this is already a reason to cheer up and get baking. But you should also get that pleasant feeling that you are going to bake something that will impress wherever you show up with that Lebkuchen in your hands. I have to thank my mum that she showed me how to do a proper Lebkuchen on one of those days before Christmas in Germany when the weather was nasty outside and the only sensible thing to do would be baking in a cosy warm kitchen.

My latest Lebkuchen baked together with my Bavarian friend


Let's prepare our baking session!

So, what do we need to get started? Regarding the equipment we need:

-a large baking tray,

-baking paper to layer it,

-one large and a medium mixing bowl (safe to use a hand mixer with),

-a small bowl (a ceramic or metal one so it will be safe to pour hot water in),

-a measuring cup,

-a teaspoon,

-a tablespoon,

-a hand mixer

For the decoration at the end we need couvert chocolate or other chocolate that can be melted and topping like sprinkles, pearls or nuts.

Also the oven needs to be preheated to 175 Celsius.

Lebkuchen with nuts inside and orange deco on top


The dry Ingredients

3 cups white flour

1 1/8 cups brown sugar

1 sachet Lebkuchen Spices Mix ("neunerlei")

1 teaspoon ground cloves extra

1.5 teaspoons (or 1 sachet) vanilla sugar

1.5 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

The wet Ingredients

250 ml milk

2/3 cups liquid butter (150g)

2 tablespoons honey

4 eggs (medium)

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Nice tissue paper, ribbon and bags

How to do it

  1. Put all the dry ingredients into a large hand mixer safe mixing bowl and stir through with a spoon or fork.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, medium heat, until it is completely liquid.
  3. Take another bowl with walls high enough to use a hand mixer without spilling to much and put all the wet ingredients in there. (Don't forget to remove the eggshells ;))
  4. Use a hand mixer to mix the wet ingredients until it looks even and without any bits.
  5. Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the bowl with the mixed dry ingredients and and mix it all up with the hand mixer.
  6. Take the third, heat proof bowl and put the chocolate pieces in there.
  7. Pour boiling water over the chocolate pieces and when the chocolate looks really soft (after 5-10 minutes) then carefully empty the water from the bowl into the sink. Make sure the soft chocolate stays in the bowl. If a bit of the water remains in the boil it is ok.
  8. Now scrape the soft chocolate from the bowl into the large bowl where the mixture is. Mix it under the ingredients with a spoon or fork.
  9. Add walnuts or other nuts to the mixture if you like (about 20 to 30 pieces).
  10. Pour the mixture onto a baking paper lined or well greased large baking tray.
  11. Place the tray in the centre of the preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes.
  12. Open the oven and test if the cake is still raw inside by sticking a toothpick into it. If there is some dough still sticking onto the toothpick bake the Lebkuchen for 5 minutes longer.
  13. After baking put it onto a cooling rack.
  14. After cooling, decorate as you wish.

Decoration Idea


What nutrients are in there in average?

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100 g
Calories 409
Calories from Fat171
% Daily Value *
Fat 19 g29%
Carbohydrates 50 g17%
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 9 g18%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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How to mix your own Lebkuchen spice mixture

The most important ingredient of a tasty German Lebkuchen is the Lebkuchen spices mixture. It is a mixture of normally nine different spices (called "Neunerlei"). In Germany you can buy the mixture ready made in sachets in the supermarket. If you don't get the chance to buy ready made Lebkuchen spice mixtures, you can make it at home, with the following ingredients:

  • 2 T. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground anise seed
  • 1/2 tsp. ground star anise

How to melt chocolate for the decor

The decoration

When your Lebkuchen is ready baked and you took it out of the oven to cool you can decide if you want to cover it with melted chocalate or icing first or if you want to start with the rest of the decoration straight away. I like to decorate my German Lebkuchen with peeled whole almonds (as shown on the first foto) or using a baking comb to make a wave pattern on the chocolate coat when the chocolate is still liquid. I prefer to use milk chocolate instead of baking chocolate.

Children will enjoy to cover the Lebkuchen with colourful decorations like different sugar pearls and chocolate sprinkles (white one would be best so that you can see them on the brown chocolate coat). Girls will like pink strawberry glimmer crunch or white shimmer pearls (as shown on the foto on the right hand side).

Just imagine your German Lebkuchen is a big canvas and you and your children are the artists!

Decoration material - some examples

Some girlie deco...
Some girlie deco... | Source

A great Christmas gift

When the chocatelate coat has become solid you can cut up some nice square pieces and wrap them up in pretty tissue paper, like the see-through one one my photo. You can buy them cheaply and many different decoys are available, for example with a nativity theme. But you can also buy neutral ones instead and use them throughout the year. Another possibility is to cut the Lebkuchen into squares first and then cover them with chocolate, so that the sides of the pieces are covered as well. Also, that way it is easier to decorate them in differen styles. To finish your tasty present off: Add a nice bow or a name tag to make it more individual!


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