Santiago cake is a sweet almond cake that is at its best when you eat it just a little bit warm. This cake is a traditional cake from Santiago de Compostela and is easy to recognize because of the Santiago cross on the cake. The first time I ate a piece of Santiago cake was not in Santiago de Compostela but on my way walking there on the camino in Galicia Spain. After a whole day walking a piece of cake is always nice, but the Santiago cake really surprised me. It was soft, sweet and had a hint of citrus fruits.
Once I got home, I wanted to make the Santiago cake myself. But thinking it was a hard cake to make and knowing I am not a good baker it never happened. But I couple of weeks ago on request I baked this cake. And I turned out one of the most simple cakes to bake, the prove was that I baked it right the first time 😉
I think the hardest thing of the Santiago cake is cutting out the cross neatly….
Santiago cakePrint Recipe
- 250 gr of almond flour
- 250 gr of sugar
- 5 eggs
- zest of 1 orange
- teaspoon of vanilla essence
- casting sugar to top
- tablespoon of butter to crease the cake tin
Grease a cake tin of 24 ø centimeter
Preheat the oven at 180 C/360 F
Mix together the eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and orange zest
Add the almond flour and mix the batter together
Pour the batter into a cake tin and bake for 20 till 25 minutes
The cake is done when the middle is set and the edges start to colour
While the cake is baking, cut out the Santiago cross
When the cake is baked and cooled down, put the cross on top and sprinkle icing sugar on top
Carefully remove the paper cross
When you want a smaller cake just half all the ingredients and get a smaller cake tin. The baking time will be around 15 till 20 minutes for a smaller cake. Instead of orange you can also make this cake with lemon zest.