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Brown Sugar Lebkuchen Spice Cake

Make this Brown Sugar Lebkuchen Spice Cake topped with a vanilla glaze for your next holiday gathering.

When we came back from our vacation from Germany, we had only a few days to get ready for Christmas Eve and Christmas.  Let me tell you those few days flew!  Well, I got everything together…and by that I mean food!  We had to get food from after vacation, but then prepare for Christmas Eve and Christmas.

It is a tradition in our family to have a birthday party for Jesus on December 24, complete with mediterranean inspired appetizers and a birthday cake.  Every year I make a different birthday cake.  Since we just came back from Germany I thought of this brown sugar Lebkuchen spice cake.  Lebkuchen are like German gingerbread cookies.

lebkuchen hearts
Lebkuchen is usually soft, but for Lebkuchen hearts the dough is much harder.

We arrived back on December 20 and by the evening December 23 I was calling Victor to come home as I felt like I had a truck run over me.  I was constantly running to the bathroom.  Ok-No more details.  I had a horrible stomach virus for 5 D-A-Y-S STRAIGHT!!!  What ever weight I gained on vacation, I know I lost it.

Well, besides me being sick…. Christmas Eve was the next day. Even with me being sick, this cake is super simple to make and it was so good!  Lebkuchen..to remind us of our vacation with our family in Germany, so earthy, warm, and just comforting.

For more German recipes, check out:

Brown Sugar Lebkuchen Spice Cake Recipe. This cake is super moist and full of lebkuchen spices, just like from Germany! A warm and comforting cake.
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Brown Sugar Lebkuchen Spice Cake

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Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes



  • 1 TBSP Coconut oil
  • 84 grams Unsalted butter, softened
  • 140 grams Brown sugar
  • 2.24 grams Salt
  • 84 grams Eggs
  • 140 grams Cake flour
  • 4.2 grams Baking Powder
  • .42 grams Baking Soda
  • 112 grams Milk
  • 1.4 grams Lebkuchen spices

Lebkuchen Spices

  • 35 grams Cinnamon
  • 9 grams Cloves
  • 2 grams Allspice
  • 1 gram Nutmeg
  • 2 grams Coriander
  • 2 grams Cardamom
  • 2 grams Ginger
  • 1 gram Mace


  • 350 grams powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 75 ml hot water plus more if needed



  • Gather all ingredients and equipment. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8 inch cake pan with the coconut oil.
  •  In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar. 
  • Add the eggs and milk, mix well on medium speed. 
  • Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Mix again.
  • Add the salt, flour, baking powder, baking soda and lebkuchen spices. Mix on medium speed for two to three minutes.
  • Pour the batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

Lebkuchen Spices

  • Mix all the spices thoroughly together and store in an air tight container.  


  • Place the powdered sugar, corn syrup, salt, vanilla, and hot water in a large mixing bowl. Using a whisk, blend until the mixture is smooth and all of the sugar has been incorporated.


  • Once the cake is out of the cake pan and cooled completely. Place the cake on a cooling rack over a sheet pan. Pour the glaze onto the middle of the cake. Glaze will drizzle over the edges. Allow to dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 356kcal
Author: Stacey


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