Category Archives: Cakes

These cup cakes are really tempting!


Simple Sultana Loaf

We went to a friend’s house to celebrate their Wedding anniversary and I was horrified to see a tempting selection of very “naughty” cakes on offer. Could I resist? Would I succumb to temptation? I certainly felt tempted, very tempted! I then spotted this innocuous looking cake – a Sultana Loaf. I questioned my friend at length as to the ingredients and discovered it was fat-free. My only “sin” was a little gluten in the flour. The sultana loaf proved delicious, she kindly shared the recipe and I baked it today.

Fat Free Sultana Loaf

Fat Free Sultana Loaf


180 ml cold black tea
225gr sultanas
225gr self-raising flour (I used gluten-free and 1 teaspoons of baking powder)
150 gr brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 XL egg (I used 2 small)

2lb (900gr) loaf tin (greased – I used corn oil)
Oven 180C (350F or gas mark 4)

The day before

Put cold tea in a bowl, add sultanas and leave to soak overnight.
The sultanas will then plump up and absorb the tea.

The following day

Sift flour. Add flour, salt and sugar to the sultanas.
Beat egg(s) and stir into mixture.
Spoon mixture into loaf tin and spread out evenly.
Bake on the middle shelf for about one hour. I tested with a skewer after 45 minutes and my loaf was cooked.
Release from tin and turn out onto wire cooling tray. Leave the tin over the cake for 30minutes. Remove tin and allow the loaf to cool.

Serve in slices and spread with homemade jam or dairy-free spread.

The loaf improves if left a day or so.


Carrot Cake

This recipe is one of my all-time favourites because it’s so simple to make and tastes delicious!

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake


125g light brown sugar
150ml sunflower oil/olive oil
3 large eggs beaten
130g raisins (without pips)
3 med carrots, grated
200g gluten-free flour
zest of large orange
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder

– Preheat oven to 180
– Put sugar, oil and eggs into a bowl and mix
– Stir in grated carrots, orange zest and raisins
– Sift in dry flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, grated nutmeg
– stir gently to combine.
– Oil base and sides of 2lb loaf or square tin and add mix.

Bake for 45-55 mins.
Once cooked cool for 5 mins then turn out to cool completely.

Recipe posted by Piglet in Portugal