Spiced N Spiked Cake

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This year for a change i decided to bake my own birthday cake:). Most of the time we cook for others! The pleasure of baking or cooking for your own self is a different experience altogether:) .Might sound selfish but then who cares…love yourself and indulge:)

This ones a simple mix,i had a bottle of nutmeg wine,given by a friend a long time back and the label on it said that it was almost 5 years old and i had kept it in and completely forgotten about it! I pulled out my wine glass,poured in the spice wine,the aroma was amazing! Sat down sipping it and wow what a wine it was! Had one more serving, gave me a  good high and then it struck ,why dont i use it to bake a spiced cake using the actual nutmeg in it and also add this wine into it along with some raisins, after soaking them in it! That s how this idea came by to bake the spiced and spiked cake:)

Ingredients:|Preparation Time:20 mins|

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  • Wheat Flour or Plain Flour  2 cups
  • Sugar  1 cup(powdered)
  • Olive Oil or Butter  1 cup
  • Eggs  2
  • Vanilla Essence 1 tspn
  • Raisins  1/2 cup(soaked in 1/2 cup of nutmeg wine/any other alcohol of your choice)
  • Walnuts  1 cup
  • Cinnamon powder  1 tspn
  • Clove powder  1/2 tspn
  • Nutmeg  powder 1/2 tspn
  • Milk 1/2 cup
  • Soda bicarbonate  1 tspn
  • Salt  1/2 tspn

Method:|Baking Time:45 mins at 180 deg C|

Soak raisins in the wine for atleast 15 mins before you start. Sift wheat flour ,cinnamon,clove ,nutmeg powder along with soda bicarbonate and salt and keep aside. Meanwhile, beat the eggs ,oil ,vanilla essence in a mixing bowl .Add the sugar in ,mix it well.Then slowly start adding the sifted mix into it ,carefully mixing it without forming any lumps. Finally add the milk,soaked raisins along with the wine and then the walnuts as well. Mix it well.

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Preheat the oven at 180 deg C. Pour this mixture into a greased and dusted mould. Put it into the oven and set the time for 45 mins.

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Once it starts baking you can smell the spices very clearly:)…. Oh today i just presented myself with the most exotic smelling cake…well it s not sugar free for me but guilt free…lol…. Happy b day to me:)

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