Porter Cake: The Recipe

Serves 10 to 12
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
Ready in 3 hours

- 3 1/2 cups (450g) all-purpose (plain) flour
- 1 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (mixed spice)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup (225g) butter
- 1 cup packed (225g) light brown sugar
- 1 pound (450g) golden raisins (sultanas) or raisins or a mixture of both
- 3 ounces (75g) chopped candied peel
- 2 eggs
- 1 (12-ounce/330ml) bottle porter or stout

Porter Cake: The Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350-degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celcius/Gas mark 4). Line the sides and bottom of an 8-inch (20cm) high-sided round cake pan (the sides should be about 2 3/4 inches/7cm high) with waxed (greaseproof) paper.

Sift the flour, nutmeg, spice, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter, then stir in the brown sugar, raisins, and candied peel.

Whisk the eggs in another bowl and add the porter. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into the prepared pan.

Bake for about 2 hours. If the cake starts to brown too quickly on top, cover it with aluminum foil or waxed (greaseproof) paper after about 1 hour. The cake is done when a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to sit in the pan for about 20 minutes before turning it out and cooling it on a wire rack.

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