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7 Sep 2016

Homemade spice cake, a vintage recipe

Today has been so hot and I can scarcely believe we are heading in to autumn, we are experiencing a true indian summer this year! I have made a spice cake to welcome in the new season, using an old,
 ancient recipe and was so pleased with how it came out, so soft and golden inside. I made a traditional vanilla buttercream to top it with and decorated with wafer flowers and scattered almond pieces.
Here is the recipe I used

. One and half cups of flour
. Half a cup of butter/soft margarine
(. A little extra for greasing the tins!)
. One cup of sugar
. Two eggs
. Half a cup of buttermilk
. Half a teaspoonful of cinnamon
. Half a teaspoonful of grated nutmeg
. A teaspoonful of grated (I used ground) ginger
. One teaspoonful baking powder
. Grated lemon rind
Beat the butter and sugar to a cream and then beat the eggs separately. Combine them with the flour and the butter and sugar and beat thoroughly, adding the baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon and buttermilk as you go. Originally it would have taken one and a half hours to bake, although for me it took about 25 minutes to turn a ginger brown colour and a knife inserted came out clean.
The end result is a beautiful aromatic, moist cake that indulges all of the senses and whets ones appetite for the incredible season to come. I would really love to collect old cookery books from hundreds of years ago, that sounds amazing to me! I seek to connect on some intimate level with the people who used them before; I only wish I had a window to see through time, to an age where knowing how to cook was essential and what was made depended almost entirely on the season's produce.

Did you spot my bad pun in there? On a little lovely note - today I celebrated three years with my beloved! Do you have any Autumn traditions? Do let me know! 

31 comments:

  1. This looks so scrummy! You're making me crave cake with tea now! <3 fab post and pics!

    zaras-bowsandpearls.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Awww thank you so much Zara, so sweet! :D ♡

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  2. This looks and sounds amazing, really need to try this! :)

    Julia xx | www.sere-ndipity.blogspot.de

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    1. Wow thanks so much Julia, so glad you liked it! :D ♡

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  3. This looks delicious
    www.mssparkleandglow.com

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  4. Oh wow, this looks delicious! I'm meant to be healthy eating but that looks so tempting!

    www.ohsobecky.com

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    1. Awww thanks so much Beckie! Haha I know those feels, just wanna do autumn baking but end up eating it all xD ♡

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  5. This looks so delicious! And beautiful! Seriously, I love how you decorated it, leaving the outsides exposed. :)
    I just bookmarked this to bake when I go home for Thanksgiving!
    Julia || Julia in Bluhm
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    1. Wow thanks so much Julia, so kind! I'm so glad you liked it, usually I top a Victoria sponge with icing sugar and leave the sides exposed but I had enough icing left from the filling haha :D ♡

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  6. This looks and sounds delicious! I've got to try this recipe soon. Thanks for sharing!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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    1. Thank you so much Amber, I'm so glad you liked it! ♡

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  7. This looks so scrumptious! The decorations are so cute <3



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  8. you're blog is amazing and the content is so wonderful. I just read your about page and I love finding bloggers that have the same interests as me1 thanks for the lovely comment on my blog, look forward to seeing more of your posts xoxo

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    1. Awwww wow thank you so much Eloise! I'm thrilled to find you too, I'm so happy that we have similar interests! I can't wait to read more from your blog :D xx

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  9. This cake looks so good! It seems rather easy to bake as well, which is always great to me because I'm so lazy haha. Happy third anniversary to you and your partner then, that cake would actually be the best treat to celebrate :D

    Julia x
    www.juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr

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    1. Thanks so much Julia, awww so kind! And yes it would, I never even thought of that haha! Luckily he still got a huge slice when he came home, we didn't eat it all xD ♡

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  10. This looks delicious. Amazing!

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  11. This cake looks so yummy. I cannot bake to save my life but i am love seeing chumminess like this. Happy birthday and I hope you have a fabulous day :-)

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  12. This looks perfect for autumn! It's making me hungry, haha ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  13. Yum! I don't bake simply because I'm rubbish at it, but I will have to try this recipe out. It looks so delicious and your pictures are beautiful!

    xx
    Nida | Caked To The Nines

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  14. Autumn! My fav season- love, love, love spiced cake am going to give your recipe a while!

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  15. Ok I need to bake this soon!! *heart eyes*

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Looks amazing!!xxx
    http://basicallyalice.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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  17. This looks deeelish! Making me so hungry.. I rarely bake because everything usually comes out awful but I might be giving this one a go haha! Thanks for sharing!

    Sheena | sheenakhu.com

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  18. The cake looks AAAAH-MA-ZING! also delicious!
    Hopefully I should bake one it wont be perfect as yours but hopefully taste good
    xo
    Michelle|www.brokebutflawless.blogspot.com

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  19. Looks yummy and well done. Thanks for sharing

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  20. This sounds delicious, I will have to try and bake it, thanks for sharing the recipe!

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

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  21. Gorgeous post Elizabeth, such a perfect bake, and good enough for The Great British Bake Off. :-) The flavours sound lovely and great for autumn time. My autumn traditions include sipping on hot chocolate while reading a good book. :-) xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  22. This looks and sounds beautiful Elizabeth, and I love your terrible pun ;D

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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