Sultana Cake (Scottish)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 50 mins

This recipe makes a delicious moist cake that keeps very well in a tin.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cover the sultanas in water and let them soak overnight.
  2. Bring the water and sultanas to the boil and then strain off the water.
  3. Mix in the butter or margarine while the sultanas are still hot.
  4. Mix in the sugar, beaten eggs and almond essence.
  5. Sift in the flour and salt and then add in the chopped nuts (if desired).
  6. Mix well.
  7. Grease an 8" round baking tin and line the bottom with greased, greaseproof paper (vegetable parchment or waxed paper).
  8. Pour in the cake mixture and smooth the top.
  9. Bake in a moderate oven at 350F for 30 minutes.
  10. Reduce the heat to 300F until the centre is firm to the touch.
  11. Empty cake from the baking tin and store in an airtight container.
Most Helpful

I boiled the sultan in cold tea with a a few splashes of whisky, just like an old scottish recipe I had looked at. Very nice.

gillian_sharp March 14, 2015

Delicious! I was tempted to add mixed spice to the recipe but I'm glad I didn't because it really doesn't need it. I agree with everyone else, there really is no need to soak the sultanas overnight. I love the way the butter melts into them after boiling and I'll certainly be making this again. thank you!

robd16 November 16, 2009