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Old English Spice Cake with Currant Hard Sauce

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Category: Sauces, Cakes

 Ingredients List

  • ------------------------------------CAKE------------------------------------
  • 1 c Unsalted butter (225g)
  • 2 c Sugar (400g)
  • 4 lg Eggs
  • 3/4 c Milk (180ml)
  • 3 c Unbleached white flour
  • -(300g)
  • 1/4 c Hot water (60ml)
  • 2 ts Baking powder
  • 1/2 ts Saffron threads
  • 1/2 ts Vanilla extract
  • 2 ts Caraway seeds
  • g Zest of one lemon AND one
  • -orange
  • 1/2 ts EACH of ground cinnamon,
  • -cloves, mace and nutmeg


1/2 c Unsalted butter (1 15g)
1/4 lb Cream cheese (60g)
3/4 c Confectioners' sugar (75g)
2 tb Lemon juice
1/2 ts Saffron threads
1 ts Vanilla extract
1/4 c Yellow raisins (45g)
1/4 c Currants (45g)

Here I adapted an 18th century English spice cake recipe which also makes
nice cupcakes.

Powder saffron, work into butter. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, one at
a time. Add vanilla and caraway. Sift together dry ingredients. Add dry
ingredients to batter alternately with milk. Mix in zest. Pour into
greased, floured sheet cake or cupcake pan. Preheat oven and bake at 350F
(175C) for about 1 1/4 hrs. Check after 1 hour. Cool in pan for 10 minutes,
then on rack. Serve with dollop of Currant Hard Sauce.


Powder saffron, work into chilled cream cheese. Cream together butter and
cheese. Beat until light and fluffy. Mix in remaining ingredients and
chill. Serve at room temperature.

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