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“I got this recipe on a trip to Ireland. I believe that Frances got the recipe from the newspaper, but I'm not sure. She was astonished that I would think there was anything exotic about porter cake, but I had never had anything like it in the US. At a minium I make this at Christmas every year. It's an almost-fruitcake!”
4hrs 15mins
1 cake

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine butter, sugar, & stout in a pan and bring slowly to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the butter is melted.
  2. Add fruit.
  3. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Grease 10" springform pan.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  7. Mix flour, soda, & spices in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.
  8. Add the beaten eggs & cooled fruit mixture to the flour.
  9. Stir quickly together, mixing well.
  10. Turn into pan and smooth top.
  11. Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean.
  12. Let cool in the pan.
  13. Store in an air-tight tin.

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