Mums’ Yeast Cake

Mums' Yeast Cake

Today’s recipe has a little bit of history behind it. If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know all about Mums – second mum to many and my right hand in the kitchen! Mums’ Yeast Cake recipe is one for a simple cake which was taught to her as a child by her grandmother. This is a great cake to whip up in a jiffy when you have last minute guests or if you’re just craving something sweet! It’s quick and easy, but results in a very complex flavoured end product. Light and delicious, this soaked sponge with berries and white chocolate curls will impress all kinds of tastebuds. Enjoy!


For the cake:

500g flour
100g melted butter
10g salt
20g sugar
20g yeast
6 eggs

For the syrup:

Zest of two oranges
400ml water
400g sugar
1 cinnamon stick
Juice of half a lemon
3 cloves
1 vanilla pod, split


In a large bowl sieve all the dry ingredients for the cake together.
Whisk the eggs and combine with the dry ingredients a little at a time.
Using a wooden spoon, mix the melted butter into the batter until well combined.
Pour into a lined 20cm cake tin and leave in a warm spot to rise until it reaches the top of the cake tin.
Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius.
In the meantime, place all of the ingredients for the syrup into a pot and place over a medium heat on the stove. Allow it to boil and for all the sugar to dissolve.
Once your cake is ready remove from the oven and let cool.
Pour the syrup over it and allow to soak into the cake.
This cake can be served immediately, but is just as delicious after.

Mums' Yeast Cake
Mums' Yeast Cake
Mums' Yeast Cake
Mums' Yeast Cake
Mums' Yeast Cake
Mums' Yeast Cake

Author: Keri Bainborough

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