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Substitute For Treacle

Asked by AH5565. Answered on 5th January 2021

Full question

I’d love to try the Cider and 5 Spice Bundt Cake, but don’t have any black treacle at home. What other readily available product could I use please?

Cider and 5-Spice Bundt Cake
Photo by Keiko Oikawa
Cider and 5-Spice Bundt Cake
By Nigella
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Our answer

Nigella's Cider And 5-Spice Bundt Cake (from SIMPLY NIGELLA) is a moist, fragrant cake that is similar in style to a sticky gingerbread cake. It is made with brown sugar and treacle as these provide a depth of flavour as well as sweetness and moisture to the cake.

If you don't have treacle then you can use molasses as an alternative. We would not use extra sugar instead of the treacle as treacle is an invert sugar, which particularly helps to keep the cake moist. Golden syrup or agave syrup would be the next alternatives, but they don't have the slightly bitter bite of treacle and could make the cake slightly too sweet.

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