I really love spices cakes, it’s one of my favorite desserts, along with Pouding chômeur with maple syrup. Autumn and winter are two seasons that are perfect time to bake and eat spices cakes. I went looking for traditional spices cakes recipes for ideas for my recipe so I’ve been working on my recipe, adding things, removing some. I used before nuts, but I’ve developed since food intolerance towards nuts so I removed them and replaced them with dried sweetened cranberries. After that I tested the right amount of dried sweetened cranberries and I think over 1/4 cup the cake gets too sweet. Allspice and nutmeg have both strong scent, so it’s important to only put in small doses.
I’ve been trying to translate it from French so bear with me. I hope you like it, if you ever try it.
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 dash of powdered allspice
2-3 dashes of powdered black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon powdered nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon powdered clove
1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup grease
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup molasses
3/4 cup boiling water
Add the baking powder, soda, the salt and the spices into the flour and mix. Turn into cream the grease, the brown sugar and the eggs, and beat well. Add the molasses and mix well. Add the flour with the spices in it and mix well. Add the boiling water and dried cranberries and mix well with a spoon. Put the dough in a 9 inches square in a greased mold. Bake at 350 degrees, for around 40-45 minutes.
P.S. Since I don’t like butter I use margarine for the recipe.
I got another black kitty, but this time I went to the SPCA because their pets are always supervised by vets and I did not want to lose that one as well. He was too young though to be sterilized so I became his guardian for a month instead. I bought him in october, but he’s still too young to be sterilized yet.
I did not dare mention it here because I was so excited about Merlin then he died a few days later. I feared the same thing could happen to Percy. But Percy is packed with good health and energy, and he’s a little imp.
This year has been tough for me and I got somewhat depressed. Percy has brighten my days.
Here is a picture of Percy:
Here is his profile on Catster:
And his YouTube page:
Merlin’s condition deteriorated rapidly yesterday, and he passed away right before the vet had any chance to treat him earlier today. He was very fine last week when I brought him to the vet to get him vaccinated. He was really sweet, adorable and affectionate, and I’m really heartbroken over this sudden loss. I’m really depressed right now.
With me now owning a black cat, and Halloween coming, I urge people to keep their black cats safe inside your home for the coming months, heck all year long even better. There are sick people out there who might abduct them and torture them.
When I was a child, on my way to home from school for lunch, I found the corpse of a black cat. I thought the cat had been hit by the truck and went flying and landed at the back of the truck. I still cannot forget the expression of the cat which was pure terror, pain and torment. I was shocked and ran to home to tell my mother about it. My mother did not speak to me on this matter and hid the truth from me because she thought I was too young to handle it. But like I said, I never forgot it so I was talking to her about it some years ago, and she told me that the cat in fact had been tortured, killed then placed there. Cops talked to people in the neighbourhood to try to catch whoever was behind it.
In order words, it’s real, it happens, sick people or bored teenagers target black cats, and it might be yours next. I never let my cat go outdoors so mine is safe so be careful with yours.
Earlier today I went to the local pet shop and bought a kitten. That kitten is my first kitten, all my previous cats were adults cats ditched by their owners. I wanted a kitten for once. It’s a male kitten and he’s black. He’s really sweet and affectionate. There were other kittens at the pet shop, but he alone came to me, purred when I took him, and climbed on me; after that when the girl there tried to take him he did not want to leave me. I felt he was the right cat for me so I choose him. I’ve decided to call him Merlin, I think it suits him. I shall post pictures later.
I’ve decided to create a tribute page to my cat here on my blog. I’ve used all his photos and created a photo album with them. I’ve also uploaded all his videos on YouTube. You can see the result here:
As you know, my cat has been sick for some time, and there were complications, so I decided earlier this week to euthanize him. It was the best for him. I’m really heartbroken. I shall miss him.
His profile on Catster