Christmas Spice Cake – Festive Favourites Blog Hop

Christmas Cake

At the risk of sounding like Scrooge, I don’t like your usual Christmas fare. Fruit mince pies, Christmas cake and plum puddings have never been my thing, and being vegetarian, well that means Christmas hams and turkeys are out too.   Shortbread is ok, but it’s not something I choose to eat.  Never having liked sultana’s, or dead flies as I like to call them, the thought of Christmas cake is never going to get me excited.

As much as I love Christmas, it’s strange that I don’t actually like traditional Christmas fare. So, I decided, this year I would make a Christmas treat I would actually like.  No sultanas, or mixed peel in site….ok, as a compromise, I served them (albiet soaked in alcohol) on the side for the people who like them.

Christmas cake

The recipe for this cake comes from delicious Simply The Best, which you might recall I mentioned in my list of favourite cookbooks.  At the back of the book is a small section on non-traditional Christmas fare, and when I saw this Christmas Spice Cake it immediately called my name. Ok, I admit, the fact it contained cocoa had something to do with it, along with the fact it didn’t contain dried fruit, but it also sounded intriguing with it’s mix of spices, almonds and polenta.

Christmas cake

Calling this a cake is perhaps a bit misleading. It’s somewhat of a cross between a cake and a cookie. It’s dense and crumbly, but not quite as dense as a cookie.  But, it’s deliciously different and something I could easily see becoming a new Christmas tradition in our house.

Do you enjoy traditional Christmas fare? What are your favourite festive treats?

PS Don’t forget to check out all of the other delicious submissions to the festive favourites blog hop event below.

Christmas Cake

 

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Christmas Italian Spice Cake
 
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A delicious alternative to the traditional Christmas cake. From Delicious: Simply the Best
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 250g of plain (all purpose) flour, sifted
  • 200g of fine polenta
  • 140g of blanched almonds, toasted and chopped
  • 2 tbs of cocoa, sifted, plus extra to dust
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 125g of unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
  • 125ml of oil
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbs of vanilla extract
  • 1½ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp of ground cardamon
  • 200g of whole almonds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (355 Fahrenheit) and grease s 24cm loose bottomed tart tin.
  2. Place the flour, polenta, blanched almonds, cocoa and sugar into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until combined. Add the butter and process until the butter forms fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the oil, eggs, vanilla and spices and pulse until the dough forms a ball.
  4. Press into the prepared tart tin and bake for 25 minutes or until tested with a cake tester. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire wrack to cool completely.
  5. Dust with cocoa before serving and serve with whipped cream and stewed fruits or mascarpone and fresh berries.

 

This month’s Festive Favourites Blog Hop event is being hosted by JJ from 84th & 3rd.  We hope you can join us in this fun exploration of Festive Treats.  Check out all of the other Festive Favourites submissions below.

 

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47 Comments on "Christmas Spice Cake – Festive Favourites Blog Hop"


December 22, 2011

LOL @ the dead flies. Tahts totally what my mum calls them. Whenever my grandma bakes, mum picks out “the flies” hahahaha. Love the look of this cake Jen! Stunning :)

December 21, 2011

Hey Jennifer, your Christmas Spice Cake is a Recipe Guessing Game on Knapkins. Think your friends can win? http://www.knapkins.com/guess_games/1086?source=blog

December 20, 2011

I seem to have grown into a fondness for a nice, rich fruit cake at Xmas time, but part of my enjoyment is all of the wonderful spices they have have in them.
Being the chocolate tragic that I am, your recipe is even more attractive, though. Quick, spicy and chocolatey – I don’t need to know anymore about it, I’m sold.

December 20, 2011

Elegant, decadent…this looks amazing!

December 20, 2011

Beautiful! I love how crumbly and cookie like it looks inside! And the nutmeg and cardamom sound delicious :)

December 20, 2011

wow, looks really lovely.

December 19, 2011

I have a love/hate relationship with fruit in Christmas baked goodies. Love the look of you spice cake for when I am over the fruit.

December 19, 2011

I am so with you on this one. I’ll eat mince pies, but other than that I’m just not a fan of anything overloaded with dried fruit. This looks like the perfect alternative – sweet, spiced and chocolatey. Yum.

December 19, 2011

oooooh polenta, looks so beautiful :)

December 19, 2011

I’m not a fan of Christmas pudding or cake either; I didn’t even touch raisin toast until recent years. This cake sounds lovely. I love the aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg, filling the house with that traditional Christmas flavour.

December 19, 2011

in between a cookie and a cake, best of both worlds! Think the cream completes it :)

December 19, 2011

Wow! The cake looks divine! So festive and absolutely delicious! Gorgeous pictures! :)

December 19, 2011

Isn’t it interesting that there seems to be quite a few of us who aren’t that fond of the fruit filled Christmas cakes and puddings. Love this recipe. Want to make it right now! Thank you for sharing.

Your cake/biscuit is so pretty:) I am intrugued to see what it tastes like, as I have never had a polenta cake before.

I’m afraid that I am a complete sucker for Christmas fare, traditional, or Australian or in the case of my family, Chinese food! 😛

December 19, 2011

Also…I love making new traditions for Christmas! Im all for bypassing the traditional desserts and making something delicious :)

December 19, 2011

Wow… this looks divine! Would it be wrong to eat straight out of the oven like a cookie? hehe. Tempted to make this for one of my many Christmas events!

December 19, 2011

That cake looks so tempting!! Wish I could have a slice of it right now!! 😀

Beautiful cake, Jennifer. And I love the way you’ve styled this, too.

I love the combination of flavours and spices – this looks positively scrumptious! 😀