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Santiago cake

tarta de santiago

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 firstΒ 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,Β  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 πŸ˜‰

I think the hardest thing of the Santiago cake is cutting out the cross neatly….

Santiago cake

Print Recipe
Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

1

Grease a cake tin of 24 ΓΈ centimeter

2

Preheat the oven at 180 C/360 F

3

Mix together the eggs, sugar, vanilla essence and orange zest

4

Add the almond flour and mix the batter together

5

Pour the batter into a cake tin and bake for 20 till 25 minutes

6

The cake is done when the middle is set and the edges start to colour

7

While the cake is baking, cut out the Santiago cross

8

When the cake is baked and cooled down, put the cross on top and sprinkle icing sugar on top

9

Carefully remove the paper cross

Notes

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.

 

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