Friday, July 1, 2011

let them eat cake

I made a cake last week that I thought was very good. So good in fact, that I devoured almost half the cake. Not good.

This is a lovely simple, but rich cake with a wonderful buttery texture. Perfect afternoon tea fare. My husband enjoyed it for breakfast.. perhaps not the most nutritious choice. Taken from a torn out article of an old Australian Good Taste (can't locate the date, sorry) and in an article featuring CWA cooking.

Sultana Cake

250g butter, softened
1 cup castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
3 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 1/4 cups sultanas

  1. Preheat oven 170 degrees celcius (338 degrees fahrenheit )
  2. Grease and flour a large loaf pan (I used my favourite bread tin).
  3. Use an electric beater to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy. Add the eggs (make sure they are room temperature), one at a time, beating well after each addition until combined

 4. Sift together the flour and baking powder.

5. Fold half the flour mixture into the butter mixture and stir in half the milk. Repeat with remaining flour mixture and milk until well combined.

6. Use a large spoon to fold in the sultanas.

7. Spoon cake into prepared pan and smooth the surface.

8. Bake in preheated oven for about 1 1/2  hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven. Set aside for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.

And now...enjoy! You can even spread it with a little butter.


  1. I love that your sifter has a flower on it. It makes me want to go paint something beautiful on mine.

  2. i have an old time sifter like that too - looks pretty but it HARD to clean!

  3. My hubby is going to love you sharing this recipe...he is a die hard sultana cake fan and I have lost the recipe for the one my nana used to make :)


  4. Count me in! I made your Coconut cake and it was a hit at our place so I'll definately be trying this one. Thanks so much for sharing Tania:)

  5. Oh yum Tania, that cake looks delicious. I have Rhonda Jean's orange cake in the oven baking.

    I might borrow this recipe for my next cake on the weekend. Thank you for sharing.

    I have an old sifter too, white with a big orange flower...

    Have a great weekend!


  6. My beloved Nanna, how I miss her, made the best sultana cake I have ever tasted. She was a CWA lady too, wonder if the recipe was hers?

  7. hi tania
    your cake looks delicious.i bake the same cake here in germany called it family like it very.
    happy weekend,
    greetings from germany regina

  8. Oh yum looks delicious I'll definitely have to give it a try.
    Thanks for sharing x

  9. I'm Danish - we eat cake for breakfast lol :)

  10. I love sultana cake and I just love your photos too especially the one of the sifter, very pretty.:) xo


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