Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Brown cake

After the success of the cake at our pedagogical research group in the School of Biological Sciences yesterday a couple of people asked me to blog the recipe, so at the risk of raising the bar of the standard of posts on this blog, here goes. Its officially called Sticky tea loaf but my kids lovingly call it Brown cake.
  • 4 oz butter
  • 5 oz sugar
  • 4 oz dried fruit
  • 5 floz water
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda
Heat all that lot up in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • 6 oz plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
Sift dry ingredients and add to fruit mixture. Finally, add beaten egg. Place in a lined loaf tin and bake in preheated oven (gas mark 4/180) for about an hour. Eat as is or spread with butter. Keeps for a couple of weeks.


  1. Thanks Stu - sounds lovely :-)

  2. Thanks for this, Stu. It really was very good!

  3. Rather embarrassingly, this could become my most comment on and tweeted about post!

  4. Looks like another book Stu "cake for pedagogues "

  5. Don't want you getting done for plagiarism - is there anyone needing credit for the inspiration or is it an old family recipe ;o)

  6. Lining the baking tin with greased baking parchment absolutely essential. Otherwise you end up with what looks like a Brown Cake dropped onto the roof of a car from a second floor window.

  7. OK, this is funny. Brown cake is now viral on Twitter :-)

  8. [...] The Remembering the milk post is largely because James Clay retweeted it at ALTC2009 (thanks James!). I’m pleased to see one of the Tagginganna posts up there, Advice from Helpdesk Hollie, and of course (who could forget) the-practically-went-viral Brown cake. [...]