Kitty’s 1914 Rich Christmas Cake

1914 Christmas cake
  • 2 1/2 teacups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 teacup of butter
  • 1 teacup cream
  • 1/2 teacup moist sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 lb currants
  • 1/4 ib raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 oz of powdered ginger
  • small teacup of golden syrup

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This Christmas cake from 1914 is perfect for Christmas this year. If you try this recipe for a 1914 Christmas cake it please do let us know.


  • Stone the raisins and chop up small, clean the currants.
  • Mix the flour, fruit, ginger and sugar together.
  • Cream the butter and add to the mixture.
  • well beat the eggs and mix with the cream and syrup andĀ stir into a mixture, beating it well for a few minutes.
  • PlaceĀ in a moderate oven and bake for two hours.
  • Pass a bright knitting needle to see if it is done; if it comes out clean, the cake is well cooked through.