Cider and Spice Cake

I've had a very nice French lady staying with me . She came with a party from our twin town in France. I bought some wine and a nice bottle of cider, only to discover she didn't drink any alcohol! So I decided to use some of the cider in a cake.

A nice easy cake to make; am not sure where I found the recipe as it was scribbled on a piece of paper.

Preheat oven 180C/gas4                Grease a 20cm square cake tin.

Cream 125g butter and 125g caster sugar together till nice and fluffy. Mix together 225g sr flour, 1 tspn bicarb and 1 tspn mixed spice.
Fold half of the flour mixture into the batter then add 200ml cider and mix well.
Stir in the rest of the flour and pour batter into the tin.
Bake for about 35-40 mins.
Cool the cake in the tin then sprinkle some caster sugar mixed with a little more mixed spice over the top.

It's a nice moist cake with a soft texture. The cider flavour comes through well and the spice was a nice background flavour. Adding the spice to the sugar topping gave an extra spicy boost to the cake. 

You could used other spices - whichever you like best, and you could add cubed apple to the cake.

A tasty, easy, teatime treat.


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