Mrs Beeton's Victorian Seed Cake - a Very Good Seed Cake
130 mins (prep 10, cooking 120)
9 ingredients
1 servings
Yes, this IS a very good seed cake, but that's not my title, but how this recipe is listed in Mrs Beeton's cookbook of Household Management! I love seed cake, the aniseed flavours of the caraway seeds marry so well with the light sponge and subtle spices. You can also add optional chopped candied peel as my grandmother used to - it makes the cake moister. For your interest, I have posted the recipe as it orginally appeared, at the end of the modern adaptation. Seed cake was very popular during the Victorian era, it was often taken as a "Digestive" after a heavy meal or before retiring to bed, as caraway seeds are known for their soothing and digestive qualities. You can omit the brandy if you wish, and add milk in its place.

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Serving Size (1502.0 g)
Servings 1
Amount per Serving
Calories 6275.0 Calories from Fat 3386.16
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 376.24g 578.84%
Saturated Fat 233.09g 1165.45%
Trans Fat 14.75g %
Cholesterol 967.5mg 322.5%
Sodium 2916.0mg 121.5%
Total Carbohydrate 679.26g 226.42%
Dietary Fiber 48.15 g 192.6%
Sugars 353.33 g %
Protein 63.41g 126.82%
Vitamin A 11286.0IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 282.5mg% Iron 17.01mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9β€’Carbohydrate 4β€’Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
caraway seeds, grated nutmeg, candied citrus peel