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American Rich Cake Recipe

American Rich Cake Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 25 cm /10 in cake

225 g/8 oz currants
100g/4 oz blanched almonds
15 ml/1 tbsp orange flower water
45 ml/3 tbsp dry sherry
1 large egg yolk
2 eggs
350 g/12 oz butter or margarine, softened
175 g/6 oz caster (superfine) sugar
A pinch of ground mace
A pinch of ground cinnamon

A pinch of ground cloves

A pinch of ground ginger

A pinch of grated nutmeg

30 ml/2 tbsp brandy

225 g/8 oz/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
50 g/2 oz chopped mixed (candied) peel


Soak the currants in hot water for 15 minutes, then drain well. Grind the almonds with the orange flower water and 15 ml/1 tbsp of the sherry until fine. Beat together the egg yolk and eggs. Cream together the butter or margarine and sugar, then stir in the almond mixture and the eggs and beat until white and thick. Add the spices, the remaining sherry and the brandy. Stir in the flour, then mix in the currants and mixed peel. Spoon into a greased 25 cm/10 in cake tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for about 1 hour until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

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