For something different this week, I made a cake, with the inspiration coming from Yvette van Boven’s book, Home Made Winter. Her cover photo was reason enough for me to buy the book, and it is filled with lovely photos and recipes. It does not, however have a recipe for Allspice Cake as hers uses cardamom. And that was the first lesson I learned from this exercise – do not assume you have certain spices or herbs in the cupboard without actually looking! And so, without cardamom, and pears already poaching, I opted to substitute allspice instead. Her original recipe can also be found at this website.
I should note that I also did not add the white chocolate drizzle and although I did reduce the poaching liquid to make the syrup, the cake was moist enough without it.