Thursday, 5 December 2013

Irish Porter Cake

Oh ladies, what am I like!?!  I promised you this post weeks ago and I'm only getting around to it now.   All the Christmas crafting is keeping me very busy and is taking up every spare minute that I have.
Fortunately the best thing about baking a Porter Cake instead of a full Christmas cake is that it can be made at the very last minute and doesn't need to be plied with booze every week for three months.  It is also much lighter than a Christmas cake.  It can be iced and decorated just like a regular Christmas cake but we don't have many fans of heavy icing in our house so we just leave it plain and sometimes serve it with a scraping of butter.  Yumm


  • 283ml / 1/2pt Guinness
  • 226g / 8oz Butter
  • 226g / 8oz Sugar
  • 226g / 8oz Raisins
  • 226g / 8oz Sultanas
  • 113g / 4oz Mixed Peel
  • Grated Rind of 1 Lemon
  • 453g / 1lb Flour
  • 2tsp Mixed Spice
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2tsp Bread Soda

  • Preheat oven to 150°C and line and grease a 20" round tin. (Above we just used a square one  because we couldn't find the right one on the day...typical!!)
  • Heat the Guinness gently with the butter and sugar.
  • Stir in the cleaned fruit and lemon rind.
  • Stir until the butter and sugar are melted and then leave aside to cool.
  • mix all the dry ingredients together, except the bread soda.
  • Beat the eggs and add the bread soda and then stir into the cooled fruit mixture.
  • Make a hollow in the middle of the dry ingredients and stir in the fruit mixture.
  • Mix well before transferring to the prepared baking tin.
  • Cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours covering with a piece of cardboard if you think it is browning too much on the top.
  • When a skewer comes out clean from the cake, remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10mins before removing from the tin.
This is yet another old family recipe that myself and my mother have made every single Christmas.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

Rosie xx


  1. This looks lovely Rosie. I will be doings weekly baking post later today so if you want to link it in feel free to. Enjoy your weekend. Xoxo

  2. This sounds awesome. I love cakes with booze of any kind in them. :)

  3. Oh yum yum. Looks like my kind of cake x

  4. Hmmmm, maybe this is what I should be making. Just put my Christmas cake in the oven an hour ago and hoping that if I souse it liberally with brandy between now and Christmas that it will be ok! Made mincemeat yesterday....also a job that should have been done a month ago. Oh well :)

  5. This looks delicious, you have been busy in the kitchen! :) x

  6. Wow, that sounds good ... my husband would love it! Thanks for the recipe!

    P.S. We do have badgers in Wisconsin - also Badgers. (It's the state animal and also the team name of the University of Wisconsin Madison. Bucky the Badger, the UW mascot, is a very popular character here.) I have only seen one actual badger since we moved here, and that was not at all close to home. It would be very exciting to think we had a badger sett just around the corner! :)

  7. Ooh, that does look good. I wasn't going to bother with a Christmas cake this year but I'm having second thoughts now!


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