I had a Twitter discussion with Karen at Lavender and Lovage about the christmas tree mould that Nigella featured in her Christmas book. I had previously struggled a little with Nigella's Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake recipe, and Karen and I both thought we would try a Victoria Sponge mixture with Christmas spices.
I made an 8:8:8:4 mixture, with a teaspoonful of mixed spice, half a teaspoonful each of cinnamon and ground ginger and pinch of ground cloves, but found that this amount of cake mixture was not sufficient for the tin, so I added an extra 4:4:4:2,( with a little more spice) and that seemed to work. I ended up with a very lovely cake. I had buttered and then floured the inside of the tin (as I had when baking the igloo cake), before I added the mixture, and the cake turned out beautifully, what do you think?
Of course, once it was cooled, I gave it a very good sprinkle of icing sugar! Which does give a wonderful snowy effect, perfect for the week before Christmas.
It has been lovely to have a such a pretty 'cut and come again' cake sitting in a glass cake stand for the last few days, the spices have added a lovely visual texture, now that the cake has had some slices taken from it.
The cake was delicious eaten on its own, but tasted even better as a pudding with fruit and cream. I think Vanilla Ice Cream would be great and my Sister-in-Law suggested Cinnamon Ice Cream, which I think sounds like a perfect match (I'll have to get her recipe!)
|A delicious, spicy Christmas Tree Cake|
|The wonderful mould|
(I've just checked quickly online, and it is still available
from various stockists)
|The spicy mixture in the baking tin|
|It fitted perfectly under the glass dome of the cake stand|
|I made sure it was thoroughly sprinkled with|
|It looks lovely even after it has been started|
|The mixed spices add a lovely depth of colour to the cake|
|Perfect for Breakfast, Lunch or Supper!|
It was very cold at Sandhurst, but the Passing Out Parade was wonderful and I am now a very proud mother of an Officer in Her Majesty's Armed Forces.
You can find some photographs here.
I was just going to publish this when I realised that it would be great to link with Kate (What Kate Baked...) and Karen (Lavender and Lovage)'s great monthly blogging event Teatime Treats, which is being hosted by Kate this month, with the theme Christmas! I do hope that this cake fits the bill perfectly!