I’m feeling festive, which means it’s time to start obsessively baking Christmas Cakes!
I basically made this recipe up as I went along; guessing at the method behind my madness. For example my first attempts at grinding up cloves failed gloriously as I was attempting to grind up whole cloves and of course the stalks refused to be ground…(interestingly, cloves are actually the shrivelled flowers from evergreen trees in Indonesia…don’t you just love the random things you learn from my blog?! I am here to educate dear readers)
So yes, after my clove fail, I began to pain stakingly pick each bud from the stalk, throw it in a pestle and mortar until I had about a heaped teaspoon full of ground cloveage!
And here’s the part where someone tells me you can buy ground cloves…(although I did discover the next morning that ground allspice smells suspiciously like ground cloves…)
Next comes the zest of an orange!
And I shall add here, I made up your basic cake mix first without adding vanilla extract as I didn’t want it to over power or interfere with my prettyful cloves and orangeness…
(I used a 1 egg recipe; weight of 1 egg = weight of sugar, butter, flour…I knew maths would come in handy one day…)
Now, when’s the cinnamon coming in?! I hear you cry. Well, in the buttercream of course…Make up as much or as little as you like, I advise making double what you need because you will eat it as you make it…and we do want some left! Then add a ton of cinnamon to taste! I added rather a lot because it didn’t taste strong enough as I made it, but lo and behold the taste becomes stronger the longer you leave it, so if you add a ton and it still doesn’t taste cinnamon-tastic; get someone to restrain you from adding more because a little goes a long way!
It tastes really lovely and festive; fruit cake without all the…fruit.
The cloves will put hairs on your chest if you add too much, so again, restrain yourself! Better to have a subtle of hint of it running through the cake and more orange flavour than have people spitting it across the room crying out various obscenities about the taste of cloves!