Its a rather old recipe which has been kicking about in my Big Blue Binder for a very long time, which means that it is a tried and true, and a favourite and probably picked up somewhere along my travels across Canada and from one of my friends, but so long ago that I can no longer remember where or when, only that its delicious.
Buttery and moist with a lovely cinnamon flavour, it is not a large cake, but it is a very moreish cake. This is a cake you will find yourself wanting to cut a slice from again and again . . .
It's a single 8 inch square layer . . . topped with a maple sugar frosting that you pour over the cake while the icing is slightly warm so that it spreads out easily across the cake. You could use soft light brown sugar if you cannot find maple sugar. I am partial to the maple myself.
*Spanish Cake*Makes one 8-inch cake
A lovely little cake flavoured with cinnamon and topped with a lucious maple cream icing.
For the cake:
140g of plain flour (1 cup)
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
120g of butter, at room temperature (1/2 cup)
190g of sugar (1 cup)
2 large free range eggs, separated
120ml milk (1/2 cup)
For the icing:
60g butter (1/4 cup)
80g of maple sugar (1/2 cup, can use 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar)
2 TBS milk
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Butter an 8 inch square baking tin and line with baking paper. Set aside.
Sift the flour, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl. Set aside. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg YOLKS one at a time. Beat in the flour along with the milk making alternate additions. (3 dry and two wet) Mix well. Fold in the egg whites. Spread the batter in the prepared baking tin. Bake in the heated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top bounces back when lightly touched and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. The cake should also have begun to pull away from the sides a bit. Remove from the oven. Cool in the pan for five minutes then lift out onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
Place the butter for the icing in a saucepan and melt. Add the maple sugar and heat gently over low heat for 2 minutes, until the sugar has melted. Add the milk. Bring to the boil, then remove from the stove and let cool. Beat in the icing sugar and spread onto the cooled cake.