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 This item is only available in our high street shops. More products
175g or 6oz sugar More products
175g or 6oz white flour OR More products
175g or 6oz wholemeal flour OR More products
175g or 6oz gluten free flour More products
1 1/2 tsp baking powder OR More products
11/2 tsp gluten free baking powder More products
75g or 3oz ground almonds More products
6 tbsp evaporated milk
3 egg whites This item is only available in our high street shops. More products
a dried bean (broad, kidney or haricot)
50g or 2oz crystallised ginger, chopped More products
100g or 4oz diced dried pineapple More products
75g or 3oz chopped candied orange and lemon peel More products
75g or 3oz glacé cherries, halved More products
75g flaked almonds More products
3 tbsp warmed apricot jam More products
100g or 4oz chopped dried apricots or dried fruits or your choice More products

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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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