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blackcurrent loaf cake with a first prize marker


For the cake

6oz butter
6oz caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
4oz blackcurrants
90z self-raising flour

For the topping

2oz blackcurrants
4oz granulated sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice

Preparation time: ½ hour
Cooking time: 1 hour

There wasn’t much left of Kate Toch’s prize winning Blackcurrant Drizzle Cake after the public tasting session at the 2012 show, and no wonder – it was delicious.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin. Beat butter, caster sugar, flour, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl for about 5 minutes. Spread 1/3 mixture into the prepared tin, sprinkle with 1/3 of the blackcurrants, another 1/3 of the mixture and finally another 1/3 of the blackcurrants and the last of the mixture. (save the final 1/3 of blackcurrants for topping)

Bake for one hour. Poke holes in the top ready for the drizzle topping. Place the remainder of the blackcurrants into a bowl with granulated sugar and lemon juice – mash with the back of a spoon and spread or pour on the warm cake.