• 300gr wholemeal flour
  • 220gr sugar (half brown/half white)
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup greek olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2-3 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp mix for sweets *cinnamon-glove-ginger-nutmeg*
  • 1/4 trimmed fresh ginger
  • 1 fresh nutmeg (use the skin)
  • 2-tsp whole glove (crushed)
  • 3 cardamom pots
  • madagascan vanilla liquid
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cognac
  • 1 cup of almonds & walnuts (half/half) (crushed)


  • Mix sugar & flour together in a large bowl
  • Stir well the dry ingredients
  • Add the spices to the dry mixture
  • Separate the yolk from the white of the eggs

  • Whisk the whites separately in a different bowl to create your fabulous marenga
  • Whisk the yolk of the eggs in a separate bowl
  • Add first the yolk to the rest of the mixture & stir well
  • Carefully add the marenga to the rest of the mixture
  • Add the nuts
  • Add the cognac
  • Add the vanilla extract
  • Add the b.powder

  • Lastly add the olive oil (tip: if too oily, you may need to add some extra flour, although, this recipe has been tested and, therefore, should be fine...)
  • Give a good last stir!!!


  • Grease a cake tin with some oilve oil or sesame oil
  • Place the cake tin in the oven (approximately 45 minutes: 220 * for the first 20 minutes ; then 180* degrees)

NB: Not suitable for those with allergies -contains nuts- You can add more or less spices as you like!


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