10 – Treacle Spiced Loaf Cakes

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Little treacle loaf cakes with punchy Christmas Spice, a quick and easy recipe to share with your friends and family.  They’re egg free too, don’t worry I haven’t missed them out of the ingredients list.

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Ingredients

90g butter, softened

90g caster sugar

250g plain flour

¾ tsp baking powder

¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp mixed cake spice

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground cloves

Zest of ½ orange

110g treacle

110g golden syrup

200ml boiling water

 

To ice

175g icing sugar, sifted

2-3 tbsps orange juice

Zest of ½ orange

 

Makes: 9

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 160c (fan)/180c/Gas Mark 4.

In a large bowl combine the butter, caster sugar, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spices and orange zest.

 

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Add the treacle, golden syrup and boiling water.

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Mix it well to smooth batter.

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Fill the mini loaf cases ¾’s full, it’s neater to pour the batter in from a jug. (You can of course bake them in regular paper cupcake cases)

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Set them onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 22-25 minutes until springy to the touch.

Transfer to wire rack and allow to cool.

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Mix together the icing sugar with 2-3 tablespoons of orange juice and spoon over the tops of the loaf cakes.

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Grate the last ½ of the orange zest over the icing and allow to set.

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Serve.

Treacle Spiced Loaf Cakes

Ruth Clemens, Baker Extraordinaire

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