Hanbury Hall cider cake

If you're looking for a deliciously fruity, cider-flavoured cake then this is the recipe for you.

Cakes and bakes
Slice of dark and fruity cider cake sitting on the plate
  • Preparation time 45 minutes (prep. time)
  • Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes (cooking time)
  • Serves 8


  • 300ml (½ pint) dry cider
  • 450g (16oz) sultanas
  • 250g (9oz) butter
  • 250g (9oz) light soft brown sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 450g (16oz) plain flour, sifted
  • 1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 dessertspoon demerara sugar to use on top


  1.     Before you make the cake, put the cider and fruit in a bowl to soak for 12 hours.
  2.     Grease and line the base and sides of a 9"/ 23cm round tin and preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan) or gas mark 4.
  3.     After the fruit has been soaked, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  4.     Gradually beat in the eggs and part of the sifted flour. Add the bicarbonate of soda to the flour. Add this to the sultanas and cider and mix well.
  5.     Fold in the rest of the flour.
  6.     Mix and pour into the prepared tin. Sprinkle the demerara sugar over the top.
  7.     Bake for 1 ¼ hours (or 1 hour in a fan oven) until well risen and firm to the touch.
  8.     Leave to cool in the tin for 30 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  9.     Enjoy!