Mrs Beeton's Victorian Seed Cake - a Very Good Seed Cake

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READY IN:
2hrs 10mins
SERVES:
12
YIELD:
1 Large Seed Cake
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170C/325F/gas mark 3 and grease and line a 7" (18cm) to 8" (20cm) round cake tin.
  2. Cream the butter with the sugar and then sift in the flour.
  3. Add the mace, nutmeg and caraway seeds and mix together well. (Add the chopped candied peel if using at this stage as well).
  4. Stir in the whisked eggs and the brandy.
  5. Beat the cake again for 2 to 3 minutes, until very smooth and with no lumps.
  6. Pour the mixture into a tin lined with buttered paper.
  7. Bake it for 1½ to 2 hours, until a skewer comes out clean when tested, and the cake is well risen, firm and golden brown.
  8. ORIGINAL RECIPE:
  9. A VERY GOOD SEED-CAKE.
  10. 1776. INGREDIENTS - 1 lb. of butter, 6 eggs, 3/4 lb. of sifted sugar, pounded mace and grated nutmeg to taste, 1 lb. of flour, 3/4 oz. of caraway seeds, 1 wineglassful of brandy.
  11. Mode - Beat the butter to a cream; dredge in the flour; add the sugar, mace, nutmeg, and caraway seeds, and mix these ingredients well together. Whisk the eggs, stir to them the brandy, and beat the cake again for 10 minutes. Put it into a tin lined with buttered paper, and bake it from 1-1/2 to 2 hours. This cake would be equally nice made with currants, and omitting the caraway seeds.
  12. Time - 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  13. Average cost, 2s. 6d.
  14. Seasonable at any time.

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