Rum and Marmalade Loaf Cake

“A good keeping cake this, if wrapped up well and left somewhere dark,” says food writer Catherine Phipps.

Give it a go…

Rum and Marmalade Loaf Cake 

(Serves 10–12)

175g plus 1tsp butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
100g raisins
100ml/7tbsp rum
175g wholemeal (wholewheat) spelt flour
2tsp baking powder
1tsp ground ginger
1tsp ground mixed spice
175g plus 2tbsp dark muscovado sugar
Finely grated zest of 1 lime
150g marmalade
50g finely chopped stem ginger
3 eggs

To glaze:

2tbsp marmalade
1tbsp rum (optional)

Undated Handout Photo of the rum and marmalade loaf from Citrus by Catherine Phipps (Quadrille, £20). See PA Feature FOOD Recipe Loaf Cake. Picture credit should read: Mowie Kay/PA. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FOOD Recipe Loaf Cake

Rum and marmalade loaf from Citrus by Catherine Phipps


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Butter and line a 1kg loaf tin.

2. Put the raisins in a small saucepan and add the rum. Bring to the boil, then immediately remove from the heat and leave to stand while you make the rest of the cake.

3. Put the flour in a bowl with the baking powder and spices. Whisk together to combine and remove any lumps. Beat the butter and sugar together in another bowl with the lime zest until very soft, and lightened to the colour of butterscotch. Beat in the marmalade and ginger, then add the eggs one at a time, adding a couple of tablespoons of the flour mixture with each addition. Stir through the rum-infused raisins along with any liquid that hasn’t been absorbed. Scrape the mixture into the prepared loaf tin and bake in the oven for around one hour, until well risen and a rich brown.

4. For the glaze, melt the marmalade and rum, if using, together in a small saucepan and brush over the cake while it is still warm. Leave to cool in the tin. If you can bear to wrap this up and leave it for a couple of days, it will be all the better for it.

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