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Porter Cake Recipe

A traditional rich Irish fruit cake, made with Guinness.

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Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians


- 450g/1 lb sifted plain white flour

- 450g/1 lb soft brown sugar

- 450g/1 lb seedless raisins

- 225g/½ lb sultanas

- 1 level teaspoon (5ml) bicarbonate of soda, melted in a little warm Guinness

- 4 medium eggs

- 225g/½ lb butter

- 125g/4 oz glacé cherries

- 125g/4 oz blanched chopped almonds

- 125g/4 oz mixed chopped peel

- 300ml/½ pint Guinness, warmed

- grated rind of 1 lemon

- a pinch of mixed spice


- Rub the butter into the flour and add all the other dry ingredients.

- Mix together thoroughly.

- Beat the eggs with the lukewarm Guinness and add the bicarbonate of soda.

- Mix this very well into the dry cake mixture, and turn into a greased and lined cake tin, measuring about 23cm/9 ins in diameter, and 8cm/3 ins high.

- Cover the cake with greaseproof (or better still) silicone paper, and bake in a slow oven 130°C/250°F/Gas ½, for about 3-3½ hours, removing the paper for the last half hour.

- Test with a skewer (which should come out clean) before removing from the oven.

It makes a good Christmas cake, and if iced, keeps well in an airtight tin.

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