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.

Ingredients

  • 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)
  • Method
    • 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.