Aisling Larkin's Porter Cake

A simple alternative to a christmas cake

A porter cake is quite the Irish festive baking tradition. A large bottle of stout is combined with lots of dried fruit and boiled to form the basis for this moist, rich fruit cake.

Aisling Larkin's Porter Cake

Porter Cake

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes



  • 450 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 250 g dried fruit
  • 125 g cherries
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 225 g soft brown sugar
  • 225 g butter
  • 225 mls Irish Stout
  • 50 mls whiskey
  • 2 large eggs beaten



  • Preheat oven 180c/350f/ gas 4. Grease a 2lb loaf tin with greaseproof paper or spray with baking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk together the eggs and stout. Mix well. Gradually mix in the sieved flour mixture with the liquids until the cake mixture is fully combined. Transfer the mixture to the tin and bake for 45 minutes or until fully baked. Test with a cake skewer.
  • If it starts to overly brown on top cover with greaseproof paper or foil. Pierce the top with a skewer and drizzle in the whiskey.

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