Porter Cake

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To make a boiled fruit cake substitute the guinness with water.


Number of servings: 4

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours



  • 140g margarine
  • 140g brown sugar
  • 1 cup of guinness
  • 450g sultanas
  • 85g candied peel
  • 400g flour
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bread soda
  • 11/2 teaspoons cinnamon



  • Pre-heat the oven to 160°C.
  • Put the margarine, sugar and guinness into a saucepan and boil gently. Stir the mixture until the margarine is melted and sugar dissolved. Add the fruit and candied peel and let everything simmer for 6 minutes. Allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile sieve flour, bread soda and cinnamon into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten eggs.
  • Add the cooled mixture from the saucepan and mix together quickly and well.
  • Turn into a lined and greased 9″ cake tin. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 2 hours.


Keywords: Boiled fruit cake, water.


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