Cream the butter and the sugar together. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the flour, mace, and optional brandy and beat vigorously for 5 minutes. Pour into a deep cake pan, tube pan, or two loaf pans, and bake in a preheated 325F (160C) oven for 60 to 75 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 1 large cake or 2 smaller cakes.
Reproduced by permission of Worldwide Recipes.