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More-ish Thousand Layer Cake

Servings : 8-12 
Preparation Time : Ages 
Difficulty : Moderate 

I made this as part of an evening course at college. It is a bit long winded, heavy on eggs, but blimey it is also very, very more-ish.


225 gr butter, softened.
230 gr sugar.
10 large eggs, separated.
pinch of salt.
150 gr flour.
2 tablespoons icing sugar to dust.


2 teaspoons cinnamon.
1 teaspoon ginger.
1 teaspoon aniseed.
teaspoon nutmeg.
teaspoon cardamon.
teaspoon cloves.


Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer. Then beat in eggs yolks a few at a time.

In another bowl, using clean beaters, beat the egg whites with the salt until stiff.
Gently fold into yolk mixture.
Gently fold in sieved flour, trying not to knock the air out from the egg whites.

Divide the batter between two bowls.
Add the spice mixture to one bowl and mix in well.

Line the bottom of a buttered 9' round cake tin with wax paper and butter the wax paper.

Pour about cup of the spiced batter into the pan, spreading to form a thin (pancake thickness) layer.

Place pan under a preheated grill for 2 minutes, or until the layer is firm and very lightly browned. Or in a very hot oven.

Spread cup of the plain batter over the top and grill until firm.
Repeat layering and grilling until all batter is used.

Leave cake to cool, then remove from pan.

Sprinkle top with icing sugar. Serve in thin slices.

Goes well with coffee or tea.

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