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Traditional Easter Cake Recipe

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by Lucy Graham (subscribe)
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Published March 24th 2013
Is it a bun? Is it an egg? No, it's a forgotten taste treat
Traditional Easter Cake
This Traditional Easter Cake was hand-written into my personal notebook of recipes when I first moved out of home. The original source has been forgotten, and as with many recipes it has been adapted over time.
Moist almond paste within the cake
This cake is a wonderfully subtle mix of fruit and almonds, which makes a change from traditional fruit cakes. There is no need for icing as the cake layers sandwich a moist almond paste filling.

You Will Need:
185g butter
185g sugar
4 large eggs
375g currants
250g candied or mixed peel
2 cups plain flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
flaked almonds (optional)

Almond paste
250g ground almonds
250g castor sugar
2 eggs
small trickle of almond essence

Set oven at 150 degrees.

Line cake tin of choice using butter and/or baking paper.

Beat butter and sugar in electric mixer until creamy.

Add 4 well-beaten eggs, combining well, then stir in currants and peel.

Sift flour and baking powder and mix in thoroughly.

In a separate bowl blend together all almond paste ingredients.
(This will firm up after being mixed, so do not prepare beforehand.)

Pour half the cake mix into prepared cake tin, pressing to the edges and smoothing over with the back of a wet spoon.

Spread the almond paste over the cake, and then cover with the remaining cake mixture. Once again smooth the cake over with the wet spoon. Tap the filled cake tin firmly on your bench several times to remove air pockets.

Sprinkle top of cake with flaked almonds if desired.

Bake for 90 minutes in the centre of the oven. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before turning cake out.

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Why? A lovely subtle taste change for Easter
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How about showing measurements that we in the states use!
by joann80 (score: 0|4) 2944 days ago
fantastic. I'm going to try and make it this Easter. Will make a nice change from Easter buns.
by arrietty (score: 1|83) 2943 days ago
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