Vinegar cake (egg free)

I admit this doesn’t sound too appetising… vinegar, for me, is something you put on your chips and fish…. but the outcome (and admittedly the raw mix) is surprisingly tasty (well someone has to lick the bowl).


  • 6oz self-raising flour (shows the value of reading the recipe in full first… because I misread this and used plain flour… oh the cake was all right but only an inch high)
  • 3oz margarine
  • 3oz sugar
  • 1/4 pint of milk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp bicarb
  • 3 to 4oz mixed dried fruit (I used some leftover currants, raisins and a few chopped dried apricots)


  1. Sift the flour, cream the margarine and sugar.
  2. Pour the milk into a large basin, add the vinegar and bicarb… the mix may rise and froth in the basin… or appear to do nothing but thicken/ curdle  slightly
  3. Blend the flour and vinegar liquid into the creamed margarine and sugar then add the dried fruit
  4. Put into a greased and floured tin and bake at Gas Mark 4 for 1 hour (give or take… mine took 80 minutes) Test if the cake is ready by poking a knife into the centre, if it comes out clean, its ready… if not pop it back in.

4 responses to “Vinegar cake (egg free)

  1. Excellent – I will have to remember this in the winter when the hens are not laying…in spring and early summer I am always looking for recipes which use eggs, but in winter when I have to buy eggs as well as chook food, I prefer to find cakes like this which are egg-free. Thanks for sharing x

  2. Just found your fab blog via “Growing in the Fens” and now a follower. I can see I shall be spending hours catching up on earlier posts. blessings x

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