Sunday, January 10, 2010

Mrs. Beeton's Plum Cake

“A Nice Plum Cake” adapted from Beeton's Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton, 1861.

3 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups currants
1/3 cup diced candied lemon peel
1 stick butter
1-1/4 cups milk

Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out more or less clean. It’s good! There was too much batter for one loaf pan, so I made six muffins with the rest, and they were fine, too.


  1. It does seem silly to call it plum cake when there aren't any plums! Apparently plum cake (like plum pudding) may have had prunes (i.e. dried plums) in it at some time in the past, but probably not at the time this recipe was published. Instead it has either currants, raisins, or both.