Poor Man’s Cake (Granny’s Cake)

Poor Man's Cake

If you’re the type of home cook who hates the sticky and precise world of baking, as I do, then this is the cake recipe for you. It’s easy-peasy; mix your dry ingredients, mix your wet ingredients, mix them together. Bake. Eat.


  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 125g sultanas
  • 125g currants
  • 100g glacé cherries
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 240ml whole milk


  1. Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl along with the salt and ground spices. Rub butter into the flour until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs, then add the caster sugar.
  2. Toss the dried fruit in a little flour (this stops the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the baking tin) and add to the mixing bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs into the milk and mix well with the dry ingredients.
  4. Spoon into a greased 8″ (20cm) square tin and cook at 160°C (140°C fan) for 2 hours. Leave to cool in the tin for about 15 minutes before removing. It’s best eaten on the day you bake it, but it will keep very well in a tin for about 2 days. It also freezes quite well; just wrap in greaseproof paper and foil.

Makes 20-25 portions.



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