Every once in a while my whife asks, nae demands, that I bake her a cake. At times like this it is usually a tea loaf or something else that’s dry and needs some butter or something else to give it a bit of life alongside a cup of tea. Last night she asked me to bake a cake she found on Livejournal.
115g brown sugar
180g golden syrup
200g self raising flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1.5 teaspoons nutmeg
2 beaten eggs
400g icing sugar
1 tablespoon water
1. Start by preheating your oven to gas mark 4. In my case it was about gas mark 4.5 as our oven just doesn’t seem to hit the temperatures it’s supposed to.
2. Put the butter, sugar, syrup and water into a saucepan and heat gently until everything has melted of dissolved. Once that’s done remove from the heat and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
3. Grease and/or line a tin. I used a large diameter tin as yet again cooking times can vary considerable due to our oven if I use smaller/higher tins.
4. Sift the flour and spices into a bowl and then add the cooled liquid. Using an electric whisk mix this together and them add the eggs. Continue mixing until smooth.
5. Pour the mixture into a greased or lined cake tin.
6. Bake for around 45 minutes to an hour. Or until a knife in the centre comes out clean.
7. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
This is where I stopped following the recipe. We never bothered to ice our sponge as we’ve been getting bored recently of sweet sweet icing but it did allow us to realise that if you let this cake cool enough to be able to cut it cleanly but it still warm and steaming on the inside it fantastic. The next day once it’s cooled down completely though it could probably do with some icing or even some hot custard poured over the top of it.