British Recipes > Thor Cake For Bonfire Night

How to make Thor cake for Bonfire Night:
A traditional Bonfire Night cake from the north of England. No doubt this recipe goes back much further than Guy Fawkes, probably to the Celtic festival of 'Samhain' which was celebrated in early November.


3 cups medium oatmeal
1 3/4 cups Demerara sugar
1 cup butter
4 tablespoons black treacle
1 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of mace
pinch of salt
pinch of nutmeg
4 tablespoons candied peel
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Warm the butter and the treacle together in a saucepan.
- Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl and pour the melted butter and treacle into the dry ingredients.
- Knead all the ingredients together.
- Roll out on a floured board to a thickness of about 2 inches.
- Bake on a large greased baking tin at about 150 degrees Centigrade (see temperature conversions).