This recipe from our friends at Sunset promises a citrus and sweet taste, followed by a glow or a kick — depending on whether the signature French four-spice blend is made with white or black pepper. Well, our Quatre Epices delivers the best of both, with prized Sarawak White and Tellicherry Black peppercorns!
This French Quatre Epices cake delights everyone who tastes it!
Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F, and butter and flour a 9-inch square baking pan. In large bowl, beat softened butter, brown sugar and zest until fluffy. Add eggs and beat batter until blended.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour and remaning dry cake ingredients.
Blend into batter at low speed one third of dry mix and half of buttermilk, alternately. Spread batter in pan. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool on rack 10 minutes. Loosen cake from pan with slender spatula, and invert gently onto rack, then re-invert onto another rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.
Frosting: Set medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook butter until deep golden brown, swirling occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes. Pour into a mixer bowl and allow to cool.
Chill butter bowl until butter is firm enough to beat, about 30 minutes. Add remaining frosting ingredients, except for nuts, and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
Split cake horizontally with long serrated knife. Lift off top layer with 2 large spatulas and carefully set aside. Set bottom layer on platter, and spread upper surface with half of frosting. Replace top layer, and spread upper surface with remaining frosting. Sprinkle with nuts.
Recipe and photo from Sunset Magazine, October 2010.
We source the freshest spices possible, and use them to create original blends inspired by regional traditions. From our artisan shop adjacent to
Seattle’s Pike Place Market, we have been providing the finest quality herbs, spices and teas to discerning chefs since 1992.