Spice cake with bitter orange butter

Spice cake with bitter orange butter

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Moorish
Makes
10
Photographer
Mark Roper

There is something rather austere and old-fashioned about the name ‘spice cake’, although, for us, it sings of the Orient with its honey, spices and strong citrus element. The texture of this cake is rather firm and dense and it keeps well in an airtight container. It is fabulous on its own with a strong cup of smoky Lapsang Souchong tea, or if you really want to feel you’re in the souks, try it with a cup of strong sweet mint tea. If you want to be a bit more fancy, it’s also delicious spread with the bitter orange butter.

Cake

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g honey
125g plain flour
125g self-raising flour
125ml milk
3 eggs
50g caster sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch grated nutmeg
pinch aniseed
30g candied orange and lemon peel, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bitter orange butter

Quantity Ingredient
125g softened, unsalted butter
50g bitter orange marmalade
splash orange-blossom water, (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C. Line and butter a 24 cm loaf tin.
  2. To make the cake, place the honey in a saucepan over a low heat until runny. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Sift the two flours together and place in mixing bowl. Pour on the melted honey, then the milk, eggs and sugar, whisking to a smooth, creamy paste. Finally, add the cinnamon, nutmeg, aniseed, candied peel and vanilla essence.
  3. Pour into the cake tin, place on a baking sheet and cook in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes. Lower the heat to 150°C and cook for a further 25–30 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. Peel off the paper when cold and serve with the bitter orange butter.
  4. To make the bitter orange butter, place the butter in a food mixer and whisk until light and fluffy. Stir in the marmalade and orange-blossom water and mix until well combined. Spoon into a little ramekin dish and use as required.
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