This week, I decided to make the Spiced Pound cake as a gift to a friend (i.e. I needed another reason to bake and had to keep it simple because I’m chair/bed bound). My funny ass ‘friend’ (we shall not name or identify them in any way due to the, ahem, horrendus joke about to be written) said: is it called a spiced pound cake because its spicy? Ha Ha…. Ha… Errr… No!
I generally love these types of cakes (ones with spices, not with holes in them… I will never understand why you’d do that) because the recipe has lots of different spices in it, including cloves, cinammon and ginger. My friend has an allergy to cinnamon so I ended up swapping the quantity with more ginger.
A tip for baking this type of cake: grease the cake tin with butter and dust some plain flour over it. This should stop the cake sticking and making a mess of taking it out.
The batter came out quite thick and almost filled the cake tin. The 60min cooking time for this cake was a lot longer than other recipes and I was a bit worried that the cake hadn’t cooked enough so left it in for a couple minutes longer.
While the cake was cooling, I then realised that I did leave it in the oven for a bit too long, as the outside was a bit harder than it should be. Oops. But it did look very tasty and the smell almost made me cut a slice right then and there.
The final part was sieving icing sugar on the top. For once, I managed not to go too crazy with the icing sugar; mainly because I had time to waste and did it REALLY slowly.
The family gathered like a pack of wolves when the smells started wafting through the kitchen, so I resorted to threats and hiding the cake. The holes you see in the pictures were somehow created the next day; I’ve never found the person who did it but if I ever do I’ll exact my revenge. Be warned.
The cake went down a treat and the crustiness of the outside actually went really well with the texture of cake. It probably wouldn’t be a favourite for the crazy sweet-toothed people out there, but it had a really nice texture and went great with a nice cup of tea.