Breda’s Guinness “Christmas” Cake

By Mecca Ibrahim •

So many of you got back to our question on Facebook when we asked what you would be cooking for Stir Up Sunday (the day when people traditionally start making Christmas Cakes, Puddings and Mincement).

Great British Chefs Facebook Fan Breda, kindly sent us her recipe for Guinness Christmas Cake.

1lb plain flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda or bread soda.
8oz dark brown soft sugar
10oz irish butter
3 large eggs beaten
4oz chopped dried lemon & lime peel (good quality..I make my own!)
1 & a half lbs muscat raisins
1 tsp mixed spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2oz chopped almonds
1/2 pint of Guinness


Sieve flour & spices in to a bowl.

Put butter, all fruit, almonds, sugar & Guinness into a large saucepan, bring to boiling point, stirring, & then simmer for 8 to 10 mins. on low heat.

Take from hot plate. When cooled down a little, add eggs, flour & spices alternatively, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon. Now mix the Bread Soda with a tablespoon of milk & fold this into the mixture. Add a little milk if you think the mixture is too dry & mix well!

Turn in to a greased and lined 8 inch cake tin

Bake in the centre of oven (300°F) for 120 minutes

Check cake at intervals after 60 minutes

Let cake cool a little in tin then stand on a wire tray. Cover with tea towel.

You can use a mixture of sultanas & currents instead of all raisins…but I prefer the juicy muscat raisins that taste great simmered in the Guinness.

I don’t ice my Guinness Cake but serve it with brandy cream.

Thanks Breda for sharing your recipe, we’ll certainly give it a try.

We have another recipe from Breda for Guinness & White and Dark Chocolate Mousse, look out for that in a future blog post. If you have any recipes and photos from your Christmas or weekend Baking, please let us know by emailing infoATgreatbritishchefs.com and we will feature our favourites on the blog and our Great British Chefs Facebook Page.


Mecca Ibrahim

Mecca is Head of Marketing and Social Media at Great British Chefs and has spent the last 10 years at some of the biggest and most innovative internet businesses out there (Yahoo, Just Giving, E-How, Moo.com and Joost). She was winning awards for her blog when most people didn't know what a blog was. Mecca hosts an annual food blogging competition called NomNomNom and runs the multi-award winning London Underground Tube Diary.

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