Back Off Bake Off - Here's a Perfect Bake!

Eastbourne panto’s own celebrity chef, Sarah the Cook aka Martyn Knight shares their secret recipe to creating the perfect bake ahead of pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from 8 December – 14 January.

Sarah the Cook’s Sultana of Morrocco Cake


Melted butter, to grease

250g butter, softened

215g (1 cup) caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

3 eggs

450g (3 cups) plain flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

125ml (1/2 cup) milk

385g (2 1/4 cups) sultanas

Butter, to serve



Preheat oven to 170°C. Brush a 9 x 19cm (base measurement) loaf pan with melted butter to lightly grease. Line the base and 2 opposite sides with non-stick baking paper.


Beat butter, sugar and vanilla essence until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition until the mixture is combined.


Sift together the flour and baking powder. Fold half the flour mixture into the butter mixture and stir in half the milk. Repeat with remaining flour mixture and milk until well combined. Use a metal spoon to fold in sultanas.

Spoon cake mixture into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake in preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cut into slices and serve warm or at room temperature with butter, if desired.


All of this and no reference to soggy bottoms at all.


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