When I made the solar roasted turkey thighs last week it was the first time I’d ever used star anise. Since then I’ve been looking for other recipes that call for it. I found this one at epicurious.com. It’s a nice change from the usual cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg mixture of so many spice cakes. The star anise and coriander seeds combined with the cream of wheat that’s mixed in with the flour give this cake both a unique flavor and texture. You’ll need a spice grinder to make it; preferably an electric one. Mine is manual and it took forever to grind the star anise.
Exotic Solar Baked Spice Cake
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons coriander seeds
5 points of star anise
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup uncooked Cream of Wheat (I used whole wheat)
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
2/3 cup whole milk
Set Global Sun Oven out to preheat. Butter and flour an 8- by 2-inch round cake pan.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl. Finely grind coriander seeds and star anise in a spice grinder. Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture, ground spices, and remaining ingredients. Beat on low speed until combined. Increase speed to high and beat batter for 3 minutes. Pour batter into pan and bake in Sun Oven until cake pulls slightly away from side of pan, about 1 hour.
Cool cake in pan on a rack 10 minutes. Invert cake onto rack and remove from pan. Invert onto another rack to turn cake right side up. Cool completely.
Serve cake with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.