I had a lovely long weekend. Thursday was a public holiday in South Africa and I only worked half day on Friday. This gave the boys and I plenty of time for baking.

My mother asked me to make her a German spice loaf for our family tea on Sunday. We were happy to oblige. This delicious and spicy cake is best served sliced and spread with a bit of butter.


2 cups self raising flour, 160 ml castor sugar, 160 ml golden syrup, 125 grams butter, 80 ml boiling water, 1 egg, 150 ml thick yogurt, 5 ml ground cinnamon, 5 ml ground ginger, 3 ml ground cloves, 3 ml ground nutmeg, 3 ml ground black pepper.


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a loaf tin.

Add all the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Heat butter, syrup and water together in a pot until melted. Beat egg and yogurt in a small bowl. Add the syrup mixture to the dry ingredients and mix. Add the egg and yogurt mixture. Mix thoroughly.

Scoop this thick mixture into the loaf tin and bake for between 35 and 40 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.