Spiced Christmas cake

Spiced Christmas cake

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Scandinavian Christmas
Serves
12
Photographer
Lars Ranek

This is a typical afternoon tea cake eaten all through the winter months, here decorated for the festivities with white chocolate hearts. Using spices in baking is a Scandinavian tradition dating back to the Middle Ages.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
225g salted butter, plus more for the tin
4 large eggs
225g dark muscovado sugar
330g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
100ml whole milk
1 organic orange, finely grated zest
200g good-quality white chocolate, plus more to adhere (optional)
icing sugar, to serve (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C, and butter a 22cm round cake tin (or use a heart-shaped tin, 22cm at its widest point, if you prefer). Melt the remaining butter and cool it down.
  2. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a big bowl until the mixture holds a ribbon trail for eight to 10 seconds after the whisk has been lifted. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger.
  3. Stir the flour mixture and milk, alternately and only a little at a time, into the egg mixture, until just combined. Add the orange zest. Fold together as lightly as possible. Finally, stir the melted butter into the mixture.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 50–55 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  5. Melt the white chocolate and place in a small piping bag, snip off the end and pipe hearts on a piece of baking parchment. Leave to set, then peel them off the parchment and arrange on the cake, sticking them on with a little more melted white chocolate, if you want. Sprinkle with icing sugar, if you like, and serve.
Tags:
Scandinavia
Denmark
Sweden
Norway
Christmas
baking
hygge
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
cookies
gingerbread
seasonal
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