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Whole Or Ground Cumin Seeds In Cake?

Asked by Marner. Answered on 22nd November 2021

Full question

For the Cumin Seed Cake are the cumin seeds ground before mixing into the batter? I have found that when I used cumin seed whole in general cooking then people spit them out due to the hard texture of a toasted seed.

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Cumin Seed Cake
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Our answer

Nigella's Cumin Seed Cake (from AT MY TABLE) is a variation on the traditional caraway seed cake, with cumin seeds and orange flavouring a plain madeira (pound)-style cake.

The seeds are toasted to bring out their flavour and then used whole. In seed cakes the seeds are left whole as they provide flavour and a slight crunch. As you can clearly see the seeds in the cake we would hope that the eater would appreciate that they are meant to be eaten in this way. Otherwise, you may prefer to try My Mother-In-Law's Madeira Cake or the Rosemary Remembrance Cake as these cakes don't contain whole seeds.

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