Waitrose Day 7

Moravian sugar cake • Photo by PhilAshley.com

We had some leftover mashed potato from Day 5 so I found a great recipe to try from Delicious Magazine called Moravian sugar Cake. Although the recipe sounded a bit tricky at first, It really was quite easy once I’d read through it.

As we had been running around a lot today, we decided that just a jacket potato and beans would be enough, especially as we knew we had the Cake for dessert.

Jacket potato • Photo by PhilAshley.com

Toast and Jam or Porridge

Leftover Chicken Pie or Cold Pasta with Pesto

Jacket Potato, Cheese and Beans

Moravian sugar cake


Moravian sugar cake

serves 8


45g unsalted butter
110g of leftover mashed potato
190g plain flour, plus extra to dust
7g fast-action dried yeast
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
40g Light Brown Soft sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Lightly grease a 20cm diameter cake tin with butter.

Put the mashed potato into a small bowl, then add a tablespoon of boiled water and whisk until smooth

In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

In another large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar and orange zest with an electric mixer for 2 minutes or until creamy.

Add the egg and beat until smooth then beat in the vanilla extract.

Turn the mixer speed to low, then add the flour mixture and the whisked potato mixture a spoonful at a time ending with the flour.

When the dough is smooth and combined, lightly dust a work surface with plain flour. Scrape out the dough onto the work surface. Flour your hands and knead the dough several times, it will still look a bit shaggy.

Drop the dough into the prepared cake tin and press it into an even layer with your fingers. Cover the cake tin with cling film, then set aside in a warm place for 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes or until the dough has doubled in volume.

Heat the oven to 180°C or Gas mark 4.

To make the topping, in a small bowl, fork together the brown sugar, cinnamon and orange zest with a pinch of fine salt.

Dip a finger in some plain flour, then poke 12-15 holes all over the surface of the dough, about 3cm apart, burrowing all the way to the bottom of the tin.

Swirl the tips of your fingers around in the dough to encourage the holes to stretch a bit and stay open. Fill each hole with a few pinches of the sugar mixture. Scatter the rest of sugar topping over the surface of the dough.

Put the tin on the middle oven rack and bake for 30 minutes or until the cake is puffed and golden and a skewer pushed in comes out clean.

Cool in the tin on a wire rack before turning out onto a platter or cake stand and serving.