Irish Porter Cake
This Irish classic is perfect, as Eilish says, with lashings of butter and a big mug of tea!
Irish Stout/Porter Cake
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Irish & UK
Keyword: Baking, Cake
Servings: 16
Calories: 364kcal
Author: Americanization of a Recipe From Eilish O'Callaghan

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raisins (see note below)
  • 11 ounces porter (or stout)
  • 17 ounces self rising flour (see note below)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter (cold, cut into small pieces)
  • 8 ounces brown sugar
  • 1 orange (zest only)
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter or spray a 9” springform pan, and line the bottom with parchment or wax paper
  • Place the raisins in a bowl, stir in the Porter (or stout) and set aside for 30-60 minutes
  • Place all the dry ingredients into a food processor and give them a few spins to combine them. Process in the butter until there’s a breadcrumb consistency. Process in the brown sugar and orange zest, until combined
  • Place the flour and sugar mixture in a large bowl. With a wooden spoon, mix in the eggs and porter/raisin mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined. You should have a wet mixture. If it’s a bit dry, add a bit more porter. It should be quite moist, but not runny
  • Pour the batter into the pan, smooth the top, and bake for 60 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. While baking, if the cake is getting too dark, cover with a piece of parchment paper to prevent burning
  • Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan
  • This usually tastes better after a day or two as the flavors develop. At Eilish’s suggestion, this is best served sliced thickly with lashings of butter and a big mug of tea

Notes

Notes:
  • You can use just raisins, other dried fruit, or a combination of dried fruit, including dried cherries or cranberries
  • If you don’t have self-rising cake flour, use regular, all-purpose flour, and increase the amount of baking powder from one to seven teaspoons
Nutrition Facts
Irish Porter Cake
Serving Size
 
16 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
364
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
13
g
20
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
0.5
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
51
mg
17
%
Sodium
 
121
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
296
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
59
g
20
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
385
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
47
mg
5
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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