Left it too late to bake your own traditional fruit Christmas Cake? Well, fear not! This Scandinavian cake can be in the oven within an hour and baked within two!
The Scandinavians love their spices and have been using them to add zing to their cookery since the Middle Ages. This afternoon tea cake is standard winter fare in colder climes but our version is specially decorated for the festive season. Delicious!
225g salted butter
4 large eggs
225g dark muscovado sugar
330g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
Finely grated zest of an orange
200g white chocolate
• Pre-heat the oven to 175 degrees, gas mark 4 and butter a 22cm round cake tin
• Melt the remainder of the butter and set this aside to cool
• Whisk the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until the mixture is relatively stiff
• In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger
• Alternately, a little time, add the milk and the flour mixture to the egg mixture until combined
• Fold in the orange zest
• Stir in the melted butter
• Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 50-55 minutes
• Once the cake is cooled, melt the white chocolate and pipe heart shapes onto baking parchment. When these have set, stick them to the cake with more melted chocolate and dust the cake with icing sugar
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