Recipe by cookiedog
This is a spice cake recipe with the texture of a poundcake. Recipe courtesy Jean Anderson, The Food of Portugal.
Top Review by Lynne the Pirate Queen
Really an amazing cake -- although the directions are far from clear in some places and could stand to be clarified ("loosen with a spatula then the cake out of the rack"?). I used butter for the shortening, so between that and the butter called for I ended up using 2 sticks of butter -- one unsalted, one salted -- plus 5 teaspoons of canola oil. It worked *great* and produced a wonderful flavor. Also, since I can never find "light" molasses, I used the regular kind and thought that it just added to the spiciness of the cake. My guests loved it! (Five people polished off two-thirds of the cake in one night.) Thanks for a keeper!
- 4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1⁄4 lb unsalted butter, plus
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2⁄3 cup shortening
- 1 2⁄3 cups sugar
- 1⁄3 cup light molasses or 1⁄3 cup dark corn syrup
- 5 large eggs, separated
- 1⁄3 cup sweet madeira wine (recommended Malmsey or Boal)
- 1 cup milk
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat the oven to moderately slow (325 degrees F.) Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices onto a piece of wax paper and set aside. Cream together the butter, shortening and sugar until fluffy-light. Add the molasses and cream well; beat in the eggs yolks, 1 at a time. Combine the Madeira and the milk. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the combined liquids, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks and fold gently into the batter but thoroughly.
- Pour the batter into a well-greased and floured 10-inch tube pan and bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the cake beings to pull from the sides of the pan and feels springy to the touch. Cool the cake right-side up in its pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; loosen with a spatula then the cake out of the rack, remove the pan, and cool to room temperature before cutting. Serve plain, or frost if you like with your favorite butter cream to which you have added about 1 tablespoon of Madeira wine and 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped preserved ginger.