Gâteaux Aux Kakis- Persimmon Cake

"Wonderful for Christmas. Keep your eye on them for the last 15 minutes of baking. Some people enjoy this with a citrus glaze. Make sure the persimmons are ripe and soft! They ripen by exposure to light. I translated this recipe from French. From David Lebovitz. Makes 2 cakes. OK, I've revised the measurements- metric works much better and should ensure a moist cake."
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Ready In:
1hr 20mins
2 cakes




  • Set oven to 345°F.
  • Butter two rectangular cake pans. Cut two leaves of parchment paper, line each pan.
  • Cut the persimmons in half and remove and save the pulp, discard the skins. Pulverize pulp with food processor or blender, or through a colander.
  • Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Mix the melted butter, eggs, liquor, and the persimmon pulp in another bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until well combined, but not too mixed. Add the nuts and dry fruit.
  • Bake 1 hour or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.

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  1. This cake tasted ok, but didn't stand out enough to displace our regular persimmon cake recipes. It was a little dry for my taste, although the glaze probably would have helped with that. Using toasted nuts was a nice flavor addition. This seems to be a recipe that is best if it sits for a day or tow to let the flavor develop. I used small (6") round cake plans, and got four cakes.


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