A huge cake baked in a forge fire
Mechanics & Inner Workings
Sheets of metal may be used for structural support for life-size anvil cakes so that the horn doesn't break off under its own weight.
Pre-soak the dried fruit with brandy for one day and one night. Let the forge fire cool down to a good heat and start preparing the ingredients. First, beat the butter and sugar until creamy, then beat in the eggs one by one. Add the flour, mixed spice and soaked dried fruit (including its left over liquid). Stir well and put it in a cake tin, or several if you are using layers to construct an anvil. Cook for a few hours and test it with a skewer, if the skewer comes out clean then the cake is ready (if not keep cooking until it's done). Once cooked, leave on a rack to completely cool. Keep the cake covered or in a tin with a tight fitting lid in a cool dark place for 1 month. Every week poke holes in the cake with a skewer and feed with little more brandy. A week before Forge Day, the cake can be iced if desired.
Forge Day is a celebration of creativity in all forms, from the arts, to experimental creativity, and also cooking! Many communities have now adopted this tradition and make a group effort to use their local blacksmith's forge for this special event.
- Item type
- Consumable, Food / Drink
- Raw materials & Components
- mixed dried fruit, oranges, brandy, Barlor butter, sugar, hens eggs, flour, mixed spices
Bramble Street Bakery
Delightful delicacies right on your doorstep, Bramble Street Bakery has the freshest loaves!
Forge Day Cookies
Delicious cookies either cut in the shape of an anvil, or brand-cooked with an anvil shape. These tasty treats are traditionally eaten as part of Forge Day celebrations!