St. Patrick’s Day

Today is St. Patrick’s and I’m a bit late to the game. About 12 years ago, I found the most wonderful Guinness cake that I love making this time of year. It demands patience and dedication and to be ready today, I should have started it 3 days ago…..

So this year, we will use the left over Guinness from today’s celebration to prepare this wonderful treat.


How to make this Le Cordon Bleu inspired cake- can be made Gluten Free as well:

225 g. raisins

225 g. sultanas

100 g. (3 1/4 oz) currants

50 g.  (1 3/4 oz) chopped mixed peels

200 g. (5 1/2 oz) dried apricots

200 g. dried dates

100 g. dried peaches

Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon and 1 orange

Basically – you need a bit more than 1kg (2.2 lb) dried fruits of the variety you like….. I fill up a bowl with what I have available around the kitchen and I like walnuts and almonds as well….


225 g. (7 1/4 oz) unsalted butter

220 m”l (7fl. oz) of Guinness (I usually put more….a full can)

110 m”l (3 3/4 fl oz) brandy

Place it all in saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer it all to a big bowl.


1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1.5 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground all spice

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp cardamom

Cover the bowl and let soak 3 days in a cool place, occasionally stirring. The smell is wonderful!

Preheat oven after the 3 days soaking to 160C (315F). Line or butter a 25 cm (10 inch) deep cake tin.

Stir 5 eggs lightly beaten into the fruit.


300 g. (10 oz) flour – I have tried with Gluten free flour and it works!!!

1 tsp. baking powder (not really necessary, the cake is very heavy and dense….)

Bake for 2-2 1/2 hours until skewer comes out clean.

Cool before eating. You can decorate with Jam on top or glazed fruits and nuts.

Be aware- this cake gets better as the days go by…..




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      Thank you! and Sultanas are white grapes – here it is the light yellow raisins you can buy…. But as I said- basically mix all your favorite dried fruits- apples, peaches, mango… anything, cut into small cubes and add to this wonderful mix.

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