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Badgers’ Seed Cake*

It’s a time of contentment and happiness in your life.  Family and good friends are gathering around to celebrate a special occasion, or just to visit.  The coffee and tea are almost ready and you want a special sort of “happy” snack to serve to give everyone a “lift.”  This loaf cake can be sliced thick or thin, depending on how many you are serving, and slices go wonderfully well with cream cheese, jelly or jam, or honey!  (This also makes a yummy dessert bread.)


¾ Cup butter
¾ Cup sugar
3 large egg
1/3 Cup buttermilk (or, for adults, brandy)
1 and ½ Tablespoon of caraway seeds (soaked in brandy if you like and are an adults)
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
One teaspoon orange flavoring or zest
One and 7/8 Cups flour
¾ teaspoons baking powder            


  • Heat over to 350 degrees F
  • Blend butter and sugar until well creamed. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • Add buttermilk (or, brandy), seeds, spices, and then blend. (Buttermilk makes a moist cake; brandy, a drier one.)
  • Add flour and baking powder until well-blended.
  • Pour batter into a greased loaf pan.
  • Bake 50 to 70 minutes—until a knife inserted in the middle of loaf comes out clean. (Start checking at 50 minutes.)
  • While it is baking, wave your wand one time in front of the oven and recite the following spelle.

My family and friends are gathered here,
And we are all in very good cheer.
So, bake this cake to add more love o’ the heart,
To take with them whenever they must depart.

*This is adapted from the recipe “Bag End Seed Cake” found on the Lord of the Rings website.