I’ve just made mock marzipan for my eggless wartime Christmas cake..
The recipe called for soya flour but I couldn’t justify the expense of buying that when I had bags of organic flour in my cupboard so even though the Ministry of Food recipe specifies soya flour, I used plain flour ( actually used white) and you know what, it came out great and readily admit to scoffing down what was left of the mock marzipan dough, lump by lump.
It was a little crumbly when I came to lift it from the table to the top of the cake, but the liberal layer of yellow plum jam (which I bought at the school bake sale the other day) made sure it stuck firm and it was easy to patch the splits up and use the rolling pin over the top again to smooth it.
Soon it will be time to ice my cake too!!
- 4 oz/ 1 cup/ 115 grams of soya flour (plain flour is fine)
- 4 oz / 1/2 cup/ 115 grams sugar
- 2 0z margarine/ 1/4 cup/ 58 grams margarine
- 2-3 teaspoons of almond essence
- 2 tablespoons of water
- Melt margarine in the water
- Add essence and sugar and stir
- Add flour and mix in bit by bit and then turn out onto a floured board and knead well
- Roll out and cut to shape of top of cake using the tin to use knife to cut around
- Smear top of cake with jam of your choice
- Cover with marzipan
- Cake can then be iced
FUN NEWS!! The eggless Christmas cake recipe on my blog is being used in a TV show in the UK on December 10 called “Come Dine with Me”…
ITV Studios contacted me asking permission to use it. The recipe itself, that I used, was an authentic Ministry of Food wartime recipe which I had tweaked. They are also going to use a mock icing…
I’ll make sure my completed fully iced “Eggless Wartime Christmas Cake” is up on the blog to coincide with the showing. Will be curious to see the program as I am wondering whether there is going to be a wartime themed dinner party… LOL!!!!