Don't ask me cake

    1 hour 40 min

    This is a delightful recipe that my mother got many years ago when she was helping in a children's home. This is an easy traybake cake recipe with walnuts and glace cherries, perfect for tea time, kids' lunchboxes or indeed a picnic. The cook at the home served this cake with morning coffee one day and my mother liked it so much that she asked the cook what it was called. The cook replied "don't ask me", hence the name.


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    Makes: 12 cake squares

    • For the base
    • 55g (2 oz) soft brown sugar
    • 85g (3 oz) margarine
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 170g (6 oz) self raising flour, sifted
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • For the topping
    • 2 egg whites
    • 25g (1 oz) chopped walnuts
    • 25g (1 oz) chopped glace cherries
    • 110g (4 oz) caster sugar

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Extra time:1hr cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a Swiss roll tin.
    2. For the base:

    3. In a mixing bowl, cream together the brown sugar and the margarine until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, self raising flour and vanilla. Spread the base mixture into the prepared tin.
    4. For the topping:

    5. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then fold in the other topping ingredients. Spread over the base.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes until the cake is firm and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and mark into squares. Allow to cool fully in the tin before removing and serving.

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    I used a 20x20cm square tin. It cooked in 25mins and has come out of the oven looking and smelling delicious. Marked it into 9 squares as soon as it came out the oven, and then when it had cooled removed them from the tin. They came out easily, which was a relief as the topping is quite delicate. Can't wait to have a piece when the kids get home from school!  -  13 Sep 2013


    nice easy cake to make although I added milk to the mix to make it a spreadable consistency. Will definitely use the recipe again  -  20 Apr 2014