Hey Team! I meant to post this last week but got held up. The Victory Spice Cake came out beautifully and was happily gobbled up by my Gishwhes team and family. Below is the recipes I used, based on the original 1940s recipe that appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, which can be found in this Recipe Wednesday post. As is my wont, I changed a few parts of the recipe (see footnotes), and I have a couple of recommendations as well. Enjoy!
½ cup butter, melted* 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon soda ¾ cup golden syrup** ½ teaspoon all-spice ¼ cup white sugar*** ¼ cup brown sugar*** 1 teaspoon cinnamon 2 eggs, separated ¼ teaspoon cloves 2 cups sifted all purpose flour 2/3 cup buttermilk (or sour milk) 1-5 teaspoon vanilla****
Beat egg whites stiff, add about ¼ cup of white sugar, set aside. Blend butter with vanilla and brown sugar, add syrup, add egg yolks and beat until light and fluffy. Sift dry ingredients together, add all at once with the buttermilk to first mixture. Fold in egg white mixture. Pour into two 8-inch layer tins and bake in a moderate oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius) for 30-40 minutes (or bake in 8-inch square pan for 50 minutes).
I really loved the cake, it was really rich and reminded me a bit of ginger bread and a bit of carrot cake. If I make it again I think I’ll try adding some small cubes of apple and/or chopped walnuts. Everyone who tried it agreed they would go really well with is and give it that little something extra.
*Original recipe called for shortening, but for baking I find butter is a great substitute. **Original recipe wanted dark corn syrup but this is not common in New Zealand so I substituted it for golden syrup. ***Originally it wanted ½ cu white sugar, split between the egg whites mix and the egg yolk mix, but I wanted to use brown sugar instead. I kept the white sugar the the egg whites (because egg whites don’t seem amenable to brown sugar), then for the second half used brown sugar. I find it gives a richer flavour better suited for this type of recipe. ****I almost always 2x to 5x the amount of vanilla I put in baking, just a personal preference
“Ah, a fine question! As a homefront Riskbreaker, I am the manse’s first line of defense! Be it Garlean incursion, the vengeance of a foe once scorned, or any other manner of danger, I serve as the manse’s shield, standing stalwart to turn all threats aside! Of course, this tremendous responsibility means that I cannot often accompany other Riskbreakers in the field… But only because my presence at the manse is so very essential!”
The truth is that Jude’s status within the Riskbreakers is as of yet unproven, and might even be described as probationary- he is sidelined from major missions due to his lack of experience, and more often than not finds himself on “guard duty” at the manse. Being located in the Goblet, the manse is not actually under any active threat, and to date has never been attacked. Nevertheless, Jude’s ego and overblown imagination have inflated this very small responsibility into one of great import.
Last book you read: Extraordinary Means, (currently me before you)
Last thing you ate: Rice
If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be: At my best friend’s house
Where would you time travel to: USA or anywhere in Europe is fine too
The first thing you would do with lottery money: two tickets to anywhere for my best friend & I, pamper my mum with stuff, probably go to the USA, and maybe concert tickets.
What fictional character would you hang out with: I have a lot oh mygod, like literally the whole McCall pack from teen wolf, the lakewood six, Theodore Finch from All The Bright Places, and just many more.
All right, guys, the Epic Fallout is nearly upon us!
There are three more chapters before we actually get to it, unless I merge the events of Homefront and Alpha Male into one, since they kind of happen right after one another…so would you prefer to have Homefront and Alpha Male as one chapter or two?