A bonus is that it takes just 15 minutes to get the cake ready for the oven. A square of this rich cake that's coated with a tart lemon glaze and spiked with raisins and hearty doses of ginger and allspice is a traditional Irish treat and especially nice served with a dollop of softly whipped cream.
Irish Spice Cake
1 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 cup water
1 cup raisins
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 to 10-inch square pan and line the base with a strip of parchment paper that extends over two opposite sides. Also butter the parchment.
|The prepared baking dish.|
In large sauce pan, combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and cup of water. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted, stirring constantly.
|Combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the butter is melted.|
Remove the mixture from the heat and add the raisins. Set this aside to cool slightly.
|Remove the butter/sugar mixture from the heat and stir in the raisins.|
In medium sized bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Add the eggs, salt, ginger and allspice and whisk well.
|Dissolve the baking soda in the 2 tablespoons of boiling water.|
|To the baking soda mixture, add the eggs, salt, ginger and allspice.|
|Stir until well combined and add to the butter/sugar/raisin mixture.|
Finally, add the flour and mix until well combined and smooth.
|Finally, add the flour.|
|Whisk until smooth.|
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until done and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
|The cake before baking.|
Let the cake cool a bit in the pan before removing and placing on a cooling rack.
|The baked spice cake.|
|After cooling for a bit, the spice cake lifts easily out of the pan.|
While the cake is still warm, drizzle with the lemon glaze.
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2/3 cup powdered sugar
Whisk the lemon juice and sugar together until smooth. Drizzle evenly over the warm cake.
|Drizzle the glaze over the cake while it is still warm.|