Friday, 28 March 2014

One Cup Cake - Not one cupcake or one cake in a cup!!

There have been loads of recipes lately for the ultimate cupcake and how to make one individual cake in a cup in the microwave but this cake is really amazing. It's quick and easy and very moist and tasty.

My friend Val gave me the basic recipe. Basically this cake is called 'One Cup Cake' because you measure almost all of the ingredients in a cup measurer.

Mr R is not normally a great cake eater but I cannot keep this cake in the house (or office for that matter - I took a loaf to work and it disappeared!).

I use an American cup measure but as long as the cup you decide to use is approximately 8 fl oz you should be OK.

I preheat my oven to 180oC and prepare my loaf tin. I use a loaf tin liner but if you don't have one you can grease and flour.

Into a large bowl mix:
1 cup cereal such as Bran Flakes, All Bran, Fruit & Fibre
1 cup sugar (I have used a bit less because my first loaf was very sweet)
1 cup raisins
1 cup milk
1 tsp mixed spices

Leave to sit for about 30 minutes.

Then add:
1 cup Self Raising flour
1 egg

Mix all together and pour into prepared loaf pan. The mixture will be quite runny but don't worry.

Bake for approx 35-40 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. (my oven took about 50-55 minutes).

When cool slice and serve with a lovely cup of tea.  I like a little butter spread on my slices.

To ring the changes you can use a variety of dried fruit. I had some very dry Greek figs so I soaked them overnight in tea.  I chopped up the figs and used 1 cup of tea instead of the milk. So far I like this one best.

This tea loaf is so easy to mix you can make one each evening for breakfast the following day!

Have you got a recipe you use whenever time is short and you need something to serve with a nice cup of tea or fresh coffee? Leave a comment below.




  1. This sounds like my kind of cake! A really useful recipe.

  2. It has quickly become a family favourite here!

  3. How brilliant is that Heidi! I love this idea! Saved! Karen

  4. Think I will go make another one now - it really is that easy!!

  5. Oh gosh Heidi, I remember making something very similar to that with bran cereal when I was a teenager and I'd forgotten all about it. Thanks for bringing it back to my attention.

    1. It is certainly an easy cake to make and very moist

  6. LOL this made me laugh. And yes, even #cantbakewontbake over here might manage this one!

    1. Let me know how you get on Fiona. I think once you make one it may become a favourite!

  7. What a great idea Heidi! I always get confused with cup mesurements when it comes to recipes but if I use glass it may be as good as cups ;)

  8. Each time I make it, it is better than the last!!

  9. That's really handy to know! Great job :)
    Janie x

  10. I like your version of tea loaf with dried figs. It looks very moist.

  11. I think the tea works better than the original recipe with milk