Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Absinthe Cake

As promised for Halloween, My recipe for Absinthe Cake This is the recipe I adapted from one for Whisky Cake by Ena Baxter
For those of you who consider the taking of alcohol at Afternoon Tea a bit vulgar may I offer a more refined alternative?
Absinthe Cake
 An Elegant Gothic Cake for Afternoon Tea 

6 oz. sultanas
½ pint water
4 oz. butter
4 oz. caster sugar
6 oz. plain flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 egg
2 tablespoons Absinthe
¼ teaspoon mixed spice
¼ teaspoon ground anise (aniseed)
½ teaspoon dried dill
1 tablespoon lemon juice


Simmer the sultanas in the water for ¼ hour, drain but save some of the liquid.
Cream butter and sugar, and beat in the egg.
Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, ground anise and mixed spice alternately, with approximately 2 tablespoons of liquid from the sultanas.
Star in the sultanas, lemon juice, dried dill and Absinthe.
Pour into two 8 inch sandwich tins and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F / 180°C / Gas 4

Filling and Topping

3 oz. butter
7 oz. icing sugar
¼ teaspoon ground anise (aniseed)
1 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Absinthe

Cream butter and sugar until smooth, add ground anise, lemon juice and Absinthe and beat further until the consistency of smooth cream.
Use half to sandwich the two cakes together.
Put the remainder into an icing bag with star nozzle and pipe a trellis design across the top, or cover generously


  1. I am terrible with cake - please make this in bulk, and bring to Whitby so I can buy most of it!

  2. Excellent! Thank you :)


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