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recipe: cake, suitable for fast.

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I found this recipe in one of the many cooking magazines that my mother and I have collected over the years, and continue to collect.  The original title of the recipe is “Lenten Gingerbread”, but I believe ‘gingerbread’ in English has a slightly different meaning, so I’m just going to refer to it as ‘cake’.

You will need:

  • 1 c water
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 2 T honey (can be changed to agave nectar, I believe)
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 t soda bicarbonate
  • 1/2 c raisins
  • 1/2 c chopped nuts
  • jam or marmalade to your taste
  • 2 bananas
  • oil for greasing
  • dried fruits, candied fruits and peels, pectin-based fruit candy for decoration


1.  Pour water into bowl, add vegetable oil, sugar, and honey. Heat until honey and sugar are dissolved.  Cool to approx. 30 C.

2.  Add cocoa, soda, raisins, nuts, flour.  Batter should be as thick as sour cream.

3.  Pour batter into an oiled pan.  Bake in an oven preheated to 200C for about an hour.  Check!  It could be less, could be more.

4.  Wait until the cake is cool, then cut it lengthwise into 2-3 layers.  My mum cut into 2.  Spread jam or marmalade over a layer.  Put banana slices on top of that.

5.  Put layers together.  Cover top with jam or marmalade as well.  Decorate with dried fruit, candied peel and fruit candy.

I find it tastes even better on a second day.

Some pictures!



Written by Alexandra

7 July 2012 at 4:45 pm

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