Traditional French Twelfth Night Cake Recipe

The twelfth night after Christmas marks the end of the celebrations and is the time for taking down the decorations. The French still keep the medieval tradition of baking a cake containing a dried bean. The person who gets the bean is the King or Queen for the evening, and is crowned with a paper crown. He or she is all powerful and can demand favours and forfeits from the guests, so make sure you know where the bean is hidden in the cake. Just use gluten free flour and gluten free baking powder to make the cake gluten free.

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Cuisine

French

Time

1 - 2 hrs

Skill Level

Newbie

Serves

12

Courses etc.

Baking Sweet
Christmas Recipes

You will need

IngredientAdd
175g or 6oz butter

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175g or 6oz sugar

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175g or 6oz white flour OR

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175g or 6oz wholemeal flour OR

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175g or 6oz gluten free flour

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1 1/2 tsp baking powder OR

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11/2 tsp gluten free baking powder

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75g or 3oz ground almonds

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6 tbsp evaporated milk
3 egg whites

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a dried bean (broad, kidney or haricot)
50g or 2oz crystallised ginger, chopped

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100g or 4oz diced dried pineapple

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75g or 3oz chopped candied orange and lemon peel

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75g or 3oz glacé cherries, halved

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75g flaked almonds

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3 tbsp warmed apricot jam

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100g or 4oz chopped dried apricots or dried fruits or your choice

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Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 160C or 140C if you have a fan oven. Grease and line a 20cm/8inch round deep cake tin.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Sift in the flour, baking powder and ground almonds, add the evaporated milk and fold together.
  • Whisk the egg whites until stiff, then fold into the mixture with the fruits (except the apricots) and almonds. Press the bean into the mixture.
  • Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the top. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours or until firm to the touch in the centre. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Brush the top of the cake with the apricot jam and press over the dried apricots in a pattern.

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