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Peace One Day's Love Cake

Peace One Day's Love Cake

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This wonderfully simple cake is a Sri Lankan delicacy made with love at birthdays or special occasions. A legacy from the Portuguese rule in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), this cake is a great combination of dried fruit, nuts and spices.

This recipe was created by Great British Chef Alfred Prasad for the Peace One Day school educational packs.
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  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 350g caster sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp rose water
  • 1 orange, the zest of
  • 1 lemon, the zest of
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, grated
  • 1 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 200g unsalted cashew nuts, coarsley chopped
  • 250g semolina
  • 50g glace cherries
  • 25g mixed peel
  • 25g crystalised stem ginger
  • 1 dusting icing sugar


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 150˚C/300˚F and line a 25 x 30 cm (10 x 12 in) cake tin with baking paper.

Step 2

Dice 150g of unsalted butter and leave in a warm place to soften.

Step 3

Once soft, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.

Step 4

Add in the eggs, one at a time and beat well.

Step 5

Add honey, rose water, zest, nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon. Use a spatula to gently fold through

Step 6

Next fold through the cashew nuts, semolina, glacé cherries, mixed peel and crystalized ginger until combined. Do not over mix.

Step 7

Turn into prepared tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour or until pale golden on top. The cake comes out best in a slow-cook process and should ideally feel chewy on top and moist in the middle.

Step 8

Allow the cake to cool in the tin for about 20 minutes.

Step 9

Turn out of the tin, and when completely cool dust with icing sugar.

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