British Recipes > Somerset Cider Cake

How to make Somerset cider cake:
A classic example of traditional, regional food which makes the most of local ingredients.


4 tablespoons soft brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs (not straight from the fridge but at room temperature)
2 cups plain flour
half a nutmeg grated
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
8 fluid oz dry cider
(see measure conversions for more information)


- In a large basin cream the sugar and butter together using a wooden spoon until the mixture is light in colour and fluffy in texture.
- Break the eggs into a separate basin and beat them.
- Beat the eggs into the sugar and butter mix.
- Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and nutmeg together and fold into the butter and sugar mix.
- Slowly stir in the cider.
- Bake in a well greased 7 inch tin at 190 degrees Centigrade (see temperature conversions) for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.