British Recipes > Porter Cake

How to make Porter cake:
This recipe originated in Northern Ireland, where Porter was a popular drink.


8oz self raising wholemeal flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4oz butter, softened
4oz soft light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
finely grated rind of 1 lemon
1/4 pint porter
2 eggs
12oz mixed dried fruit

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- Put the flour, baking powder, butter sugar, spice, lemon rind, porter and eggs in a bowl and beat for 2 - 3 minutes.
- Stir in the dried fruit.
- Pour into a well-greased cake tin.
- Bake at 325oF/170oC/gas mark 3 for about 1 1/2 hours.
- The cake should be well-risen and firm to the touch.
- Leave cake in the tin until cold.
- Traditionally this cake was kept in an airtight tin for one week before eating.