The Easiest Cake

Looking for a cake I could make with store cupboard ingredients, I decided to check out my gran's old recipe book. In the back, scribbled on a few lines I found this... hardly even a recipe, the method fits on a single line. But I gave it a go and remarkably it works...

I'd say this recipe is even easier than a Victoria sponge since there's no beating of cream and sugar. It makes a dense-ish fruit loaf which goes well with a cup of tea and keeps well too.


  • 2 cups of dried fruit
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 115g of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of self raising flour
  • 1 large egg (beaten)


    Put the fruit, sugar, butter and water in a saucepan and heat until the butter melts and you can stir everything together.Transfer to a bowl and mix in the flour and egg.
    That's it! Transfer to a loaf tin and bake at 180°C for about an hour.

This article was updated on 27 July 2021