Souliscious Baking

So along with the rest of the nation I am at home , socially isolating, so I am rediscovering my joy of baking. Luckily I had all the ingredients in my store cupboard, so I could make a Souliscious cake.

Yesterday was the first day of Spring and one of the traditions at this time of year is to bake a cake and share it with friends, family and neighbours. I decided to make a ‘Porter cake’ and will share it with neighbours over the fence later.

Porter Cake Recipe


175g / 6oz Butter

450g / 1lb Mixed dried fruit

Juice and zest of 1 Orange

175g/6oz Muscovado Sugar

200ml/7fl oz porter or Guiness

1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

3 beaten Eggs

300g /10oz Plain Flour

2tsp Mixed spice

Top with Demerara sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 150C / Gas 2 / Fan oven 130C.
  2. Butter and line a 20cm/ 8 inch round cake tin.
  3. Put the butter, dried fruit, orange zest and juice, sugar and porter in a large saucepan . Bring it to the boil , stirring until the butter has dissolved, then simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Cool for 10 minutes, then stir in the Bicarbonate of Soda. The mixture will foam up so don’t worry.
  5. Stir the eggs into the pan. Sift in the flour and mixed spice and mix it up.
  6. Pour into the tin and pop it in the oven for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours 
  7. When it is cooked, leave it to cool in the tin for 15 mins and sit and have a cup of tea
  8. Then turn it out and cool on the wire rack.
  9. Sprinkle with sugar and serve with friends. 






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