There are always plenty of cake recipes available and when making cakes I am more than familiar with a lot of them but this spicy pecan tray bake is really quick and easy to make and is also one of my absolute favourites.
I love a good spice and this cake has several. The spices and sweetness balance the flavours out and make a light, crumbly cake. It is perfect to serve for afternoon tea and goes terribly well with a cup of vanilla chai tea in my opinion!
It also freezes well so you can make in advance then defrost it the night before you are going to serve it. If you are planning on freezing it, don’t ice it until you need it. The icing tends to retain more water when frozen so it may risk being a bit soggy.
Cinnamon is actually made from the bark of trees scientifically known as cinnamomum. It has been used as far back as Ancient Egypt where it was valuable and regarded as a gift for its Kings.
When cinnamon is cut, the bark is removed leaving the woody part which, when it dries, curls up into its rolls.
Cinnamon is also full of antioxidants, helping to repair damage to tissue, fight those infections and is classed as a superfood.
Nutmeg is a seed and it comes from the Myristica fragrans, an indigenous evergreen from the Banda Islands in Moluccas. Mace surrounds the nutmeg. If you consume nutmeg in high doses it has hallucinogenic properties and also can be quite toxic so I wouldn’t recommend this! It also has a long list of health benefits such as improving cholesterol levels, protecting the liver, improving the function of your brain and soothing indigestion.
Ginger is the root of a plant which is mainly grown in Africa, India, Jamaica, Australia and China. If you are purchasing fresh ginger it is always best to go for heavy, bulbous roots rather than the wizened, lighter ones as the former will be fresher. Dry ginger is hotter than fresh ginger, according to Chinese tradition.
Ginger contains gingerols which are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis are said to experience improvements in their mobility and pain levels are reduced. It is also said to help with nausea and digestion
To make this tray bake you will need
20 x 20 cm cake tin
Now sit and enjoy a slice with a cuppa.