Cardamom Cake with Mulled Wine Jam

Cardamom Cake with Mulled Wine Jam
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Ingredients (21)

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 10 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp superfine/caster sugar
  • 3 eggs

For the mulled wine jam:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) red wine
  • 2 1/2 cups (400 g) pitted and quartered plums
  • 2 cups (200 g) black seedless grapes, plus extra to decorate
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 1/4 cups (450 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice
  • Half an orange, thickly sliced

For the topping:

  • 1 cup (250 g) mascarpone
  • 1 1/4 cups (150 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories328
  • Fat13.4g
  • Saturated fat7.94g
  • Trans fat0.31g
  • Carbs48.65g
  • Fiber0.88g
  • Sugar38.15g
  • Protein3.12g
  • Cholesterol56.9mg
  • Sodium114.63mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (24 servings) Powered by

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Cardamom cake doesn’t only have to be a Christmas treat; this rich, tasty dessert with mulled wine jam and mascarpone frosting is delicious at any time of the year. Benjamina Ebuehi’s book “The New Way to Cake” is full of cake recipes from around the world that will satisfy any kind of sweet tooth. Break out your non-stick round baking pan and enjoy this comforting, fruity dessert whenever you’re in the mood for something a little different.

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To make the jam:
  1. 1To make the jam, add the wine, plums, grapes, cinnamon sticks, star anise and nutmeg to a large saucepan. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes to soften the plums. Add the sugar, lemon juice and orange and boil for 12 to 20 minutes, or until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove the cinnamon sticks, star anise and orange slices and pour into a shallow tray to cool quickly. I like my jam quite chunky, but you can run yours through a food processor if you’d like.
  2. 2Tip: The recipe will make a little more jam than you’ll need. Store what’s left in a clean glass jar or tupperware for up to a month in the fridge.

To make the cake topping:

  1. 1To make the topping, beat the mascarpone and sugar in a medium bowl by hand until smooth. Fold in the cream and vanilla and chill in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

To make the cake:

  1. 1Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease two round 8-inch (20-cm) cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. 2To make the cake, gently heat the milk in a saucepan with the cardamom pods and vanilla, letting it simmer for 2 minutes before removing from the heat. Cover, and let it cool for 15 minutes before straining out the pods. Sift together the flour and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. 3Using a stand mixer or electric whisk, beat the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in half of the flour, beating briefly until combined, followed by the milk and remaining flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool for 15 minutes in the pans before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. 4Level the cakes with a serrated knife if they aren’t even. Sandwich the cakes together with half of the mascarpone and a generous spoonful or two of jam. Cover the top and sides with the remaining mascarpone. Use a bench scraper or palette knife to smooth the sides of the cake, scraping off just enough mascarpone to let the cake peek through. Add extra grapes and a few dollops of jam.

Reprinted with permission from The New Way to Cake by Benjamina Ebuehi, Page Street Publishing Co. 2019.

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