I made this for Twelfth Night and I was really pleased with how it came out. Because it makes two cakes I made one with nuts and one without, because some people at the party did not care for nuts. I also left out the raisins because I am not a fan. I doubled the glaze as it did not seem to be enough after glazing the cakes. I reduced the amount of sugar crystals from what is on the picture because I just felt like it would be too much. Everyone loved it and it was delcious even days later heated up for breakfast or a snack.
Made this for a Spanish Class project. In Mexico they eat this cake on January 6th to celebrate Epiphany. My daughter had to make a recipe from the book Like Water for Chocolate. The recipes in the book are written within the story, so I adapted that recipe to this one. That recipe called for candied fruit, which I could not find, so I used dried strawberries rather than the raisins called for here. My daughter reported that the class (Juniors and Seniors in HS) thought this tasted professional, like something you would get in a cafe. So pleased! It was easy to make, though a bit time consuming. I never make bread dough by hand - always use my bread machine, but followed the recipe here and it turned out fabulously. Very moist and airy and just sweet enough. I did shorten the cook time by about 10 minutes because mine were getting very brown on top. I worried that it wouldn't be cooked through, but it was fine. I also didn't like the lemon added to the icing, but that is just personal preference. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!