It's National Cake Week. What better way to celebrate than with this delicious beer cake

  • 1hr 45mins
  • 10
  • Easy


  • 100g butter
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 200g flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 9g baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 250ml of Little Valley Brewery’s Stoodley Stout
  • 100g walnuts
  • 400g dates


The beer scene in the UK is stronger than ever and it seems the nation’s love of the hop is making an increasing appearance in the kitchen – from beer-battered fish and steak and ale pie to chocolate stout cake. Little Valley Brewery, based in West Yorkshire, is encouraging the movement from cask to kitchen. Here is their recipe for beer cake.

Mix sugar and butter in one bowl.
Stir the egg with a fork and then add to the butter and sugar. Mix well.
In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, sodium bicarbonate, allspice and cloves.
Keep three spoons of the flour mix separate and add the rest to the butter, sugar and egg mix.
Add the beer and mix carefully with the batter.
Chop the walnuts. De-stone the dates and chop. Mix the remaining flour mix with the dates and walnuts. Add this to the batter and stir carefully.
Preheat the oven to 175°C.
Grease the 1lb loaf tin with butter and powder with flour. Pour the batter into the cake tin and bake in the oven for 75 minutes.
Leave the cake to cool for 10 minutes before removing the cake from the tin carefully.
Wrap in foil and store in the fridge for one day to enrich the taste.

For more information about Little Valley Brewery visit www.littlevalleybrewery or follow Little Valley on Twitter at @littlevalleyale

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