Recipe of the Month:
Fair Trade Wedding Cake
We’re giving over the side column this month to Jo Scott of the Ullapool Fairtrade Group’s recipe for wedding cake that’s both vegan and Fair Trade, which she made for her son’s special day. Jo has this to say about how the recipe came to be:
“When my vegan son first asked if I would make his wedding cake, I guess my reaction was similar to that of many mothers in the same situation: delight at being asked but sheer panic that it could all go horribly wrong! I was afraid any attempt to create tiers would end in, well, tears, so I baked four 8” squares and marzipanned them together, before covering the whole cake with icing.”
The instructions below don't cover what to do with your squares once they've been made- that's up to you! Whether you take Jo's lead or end up building something else entirely, the end result should be similarly delicious.
Ingredients for one 50 cm square
60g Fair Trade almonds, ground
110g glace cherries, chopped
230g Fair Trade brown sugar
230g self-raising flour
230g Fair Trade raisins
230g chopped Fair Trade dried fruit
340g Fair Trade mixed dried fruit (with mixed peel)
Rind of half a Fairtrade lemon
1 tablespoon Fair Trade molasses
4 tablespoons soya milk
4 tablespoons brandy
2 teaspoons mixed spice (Fair Trade, where possible)
Soak the dried fruit, lemon rind and mixed spice in the brandy and leave overnight. The next day, cream the margarine and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, before alternately adding the soya milk, sieved flour and ground almonds. Add the dried fruit and molasses then mix the resulting combination well.
Spoon the mixture into a lined, greased cake tin around 50 cm square and cover with greaseproof paper to prevent burning. Stand the cake tin on a double thickness of brown paper and even wrap brown paper around the sides of the tin, before baking at around 150o
C for two to three hours until firm to the touch. Allow to cool completely. The squares will keep if frozen for a few weeks, ready to be transformed into the wedding cake of a couple’s dreams when the need arises.
Forum thanks Newark Primary
A big well done from alll of us here at the Forum to Newark Primary, whose pupils hosted a special Fair Trade cafe and decorated shirts to celebrate. We're always happy to learn of children finding out about Fair Trade- especially when it sounds like they had fun doing so!