This is the second cake I found in ‘The Best of Mrs. Beeton’s: Cakes and Baking’ book, that was my final choice for the i49 bake-off between myself and Mr_Potz. I was particularly attracted to it because it’s very different from anything I’ve made before, and also I think it’s special enough to warrant being the subject of a bake-off.


  • 225g plain flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ‘pinch’ of salt
  • 100g margarine
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml dry still cider


  • Sieve flour, salt, baking powder and spices into a bowl.
  • Soften the butter, then cream with sugar and add eggs.
  • Add in half the flour mix and beat, then add half the cider.
  • Repeat using remaining flour and cider
  • Spoon into a cake tin, and bake at 180°c for 50 mins, until firm to the touch, and cooked through.

Below, again, is pics of it before and after cooking, respectively.

Old English Cider Cake Pre-cooking Old English Cider Cake


Once again, I shortened the cooking time, and only baked the cake for 40 mins, since my fan-oven helps speed the time up. I’m a little bit disappointed about how this turned out, it’s much flatter than I would have expected it to be, and it rose unevenly. I’m really hoping that the taste more than makes up for any lack of appearance. Don’t forget to tune in at 1800/6pm BST on Friday 23rd August, where we’ll be coming live from i49, and you can find out which of our two cakes did best.

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