Election Cake is a vegetarian dessert. One serving contains 321 calories, 4g of protein, and 10g of fat. This recipe serves 20. This recipe covers 6% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes roughly 3 hours. Head to the store and pick up firmly brown sugar, salt, milk, and a few other things to make it today.
Add warm water to the bowl of a stand mixer.
Sprinkle yeast evenly over the surface and set aside for 5 minutes to let dissolve. Grease and flour two 8.5 inch loaf pans. Line the pan bottoms with parchment paper.
In a large bowl mix 3 cups of flour with cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
Check to see that yeast has dissolved and that mixture is bubbling (if you don't see bubbles that means that your yeast is not good, and you'll have to try again proofing another batch of yeast). If yeast has dissolved and is bubbling then add one cup of flour, mixing thoroughly.
Add butter and mix until well incorporated.
Add sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined.
Add in eggs an mix until just combined. Lastly mix in flour, reserving a couple of tablespoons. Toss raisins and figs in remaining flour and then stir them into the cake batter. Loosely cover loaf pans with a light hand towel and leave to let rise for an hour and a half.
Bake loaves for 50 minutes to and hour or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Place pans on wire racks to cool.
Remove cakes from pans after 5 minutes or so.
In a medium bowl whisk together confectioners sugar, milk, brandy, and vanilla. Spoon over the tops of the fully cooled loaves and allow to drizzle down the sides.