Capricorn’s Pecan Cake

Catherine Urban, a certified professional astrologer, started writing food-themed horoscopes for Bon Appétit a couple years ago.

“I take pride in furthering the legitimacy of my craft,” she says. “At the same time, we keep the horoscopes fun and, of course, accurate. Bon Appétit likes to say we create the tastiest horoscopes on the net.”

When the Simon and Schuster publishing house reached out to her last fall to see if she’d be interested in writing a cookbook based on astrology, she didn’t hesitate to say, “Yes!” Your Astrological Cookbook will be released on November 5, 2019.

“Many people wonder what the connection is from food to astrology,” she says. “The truth is that it’s much deeper than one might imagine. Our ancestors couldn’t have succeeded at creating agricultural societies without an extensive knowledge of the skies. In ancient times, astronomy and astrology were one. All major agricultural societies developed their own astrological systems that are sill in use today.”

Urban says our personal astrological blueprint not only describes our personality and the type of partners we attract, but it also describes our physical body—and our cravings. To that end, she selected recipes based on elemental traits for each astrological sign, but she says that readers aren’t only limited to their sign’s recipes.

Capricorn’s Pecan Pie, for example, is an ideal winter dessert. “Capricorn season begins on December 22nd this year, so its the perfect time to enjoy all the recipes attributed to the celestial Sea goat.”

Capricorn's Pecan Cake

Capricorn’s Pecan Pie from “Your Astrological Cookbook” by Catherine Urban.

Photo by Harper Point Photography

Classy Capricorns crave a dessert as elegant as they are—so please, leave frosting and sprinkles out of the equation! Down-to-earth Capricorns prefer desserts featuring whole foods and natural sweeteners, which is why you’ll be star struck by this buttery Pecan Cake! Lightly glazed with an orange marmalade reduction, practical sea goats will appreciate the delicate sweetness of this simple and classy cake. No, you don’t have the most demanding sweet tooth, dear Capricorn, but when the occasion arises, your expert baking skills always turn out a stellar dessert! No doubt, you’ll shine once more when you serve up this delicious Pecan Cake!

Serves 6

  • 3 large eggs, divided
  • 1 cup pecans, divided
  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 3⁄4 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2⁄3 cup plus 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 cup orange marmalade

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

Separate eggs. Finely grate 1⁄2 cup pecans. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. In a medium bowl, blend together flour and baking powder.

In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until they are thick and lemon-colored. Gradually beat in 2⁄3 cup sugar. Beat in lemon juice and grated pecans. Gradually beat in the our mixture.
Slowly beat in melted butter.

In a small bowl, beat egg whites with salt until stiff peaks form. Fold the beaten egg whites into the batter.

Pour the batter into prepared pan.

Bake 30–35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine orange marmalade and remaining 1⁄4 cup sugar. Cook until sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly. While still warm, pour this glaze over the cake. Garnish cake with remaining whole pecans.

Excerpted from Your Astrological Cookbook by Catherine Urban. Copyright © 2019 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Photographs by Harper Point Photography. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.