Thursday, April 26, 2012

Daring Bakers - Armenian Nutmeg Cake

If you are looking for a gorgeous cake that is different from the norm, then this month's Daring Bakers challenge serves up a gorgeous, caramelly nutmeg coffee cake:

The Daring Bakers’ April 2012 challenge, hosted by Jason at Daily Candor, were two Armenian standards: nazook and nutmeg cake. Nazook is a layered yeasted dough pastry with a sweet filling, and nutmeg cake is a fragrant, nutty coffee-style cake.

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I didn't have time to make both, so it was a no brainer to choose the Armenian nutmeg cake.  And what a lovely cake it is - it has a dryer bottom crumb layer topped with a rich batter, with nuts on top.  I didn't have walnuts, so I used flaked almonds instead.   Here is the end result:

The cake has warm, caramel-like undertones from the brown sugar, with a spicy edge from the nutmeg.

A slice of the cake served warm with icecream was just perfect:

To see how the other Daring Bakers fared, visit the slideshow at The Daring Kitchen.