You can't beat a simple old-fashioned cake recipe. This farmhouse-style cake has a scattering of Sultanas (you can add more if desired?) inside an indulgent crumbly vanilla sponge.
Follow along with our easy baking instructions in UK & US measurements to make this Manor House Sultana Cake.
What is Manor House Sultana cake?
If you love Mr Kipling's Manor House cake this recipe is for you! It is the closest thing to it we have made, we all know he does not share his secret recipe! But I can tell you this is exceedingly good 🙂
See our step by step slide show on how we made our Manor House Sultana cake, full ingredients and instructions can be found on the card below.
Making Homemade Sultana Cake
This is a quick and easy cake to put together! As long as you measure all ingredients out, there is no way of failing!
How many sultanas to use in Manor House cake recipe?
We think less is more regarding the amount of sultanas to add. Of course, if you want more, go ahead!
We used ½ cup (80g), which as seen in the pictures, gives a lightly fruited cake. Feel free to double or even triple it if you want.
How to make Sultanas plump and juicy?
Put sultanas in a saucepan with enough water to cover them and bring to a boil. Then, turn the heat off and allow them to sit for 10 minutes whilst you prepare the sponge mix.
Beat the sugar and butter until creamy (we used a mixer to help speed it up).
Add three eggs and stir to combine.
Add Vanilla Extract
Make a cornflour slurry using 1 tablespoon cornflour with 1 tablespoon of water, stir until no lumps and then add another 2 tablespoon of water. Pour into cake mixture and stir.
Sift flour into the bowl and finally add baking powder.
Mix all together.
How to stop sultanas from sinking into a cake
After the sultanas have been plumped from the boiling method and had 10 minutes to swell, drain the sultanas. Add a tablespoon of flour and toss the sultanas to be coated in flour.
Fold the sultanas into the mix. Place in a greased springform cake base I used a 20cm / 8inch round one and flatten the mixture as best you can.
Cook in a preheated oven at 160C (fan) /320F for 1 hour.
There you have it, a perfectly well-made Classic Sultana cake. Best served with a nice cup of tea!
Add a sprinkle of more sugar to the cake before serving it to your guests! Demerara sugar is best. However, this time, I did not have it to hand, so I used granulated sugar, which was still good!
Luke chose this for me to cook him for his birthday cake this year. Wonderfully scrumptious! We love a classic British Bake, our Madeira cake recipe is another of our favourites!
📖 Step by Step Recipe
Manor House Sultana Cake
- 215 grams (1 ¾ cups) Plain flour
- 225 grams (1 cup) Unsalted Butter
- 200 grams (1 cup) Caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon Cornflour mixed with 3 tablespoon water
- 3 medium Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 80 grams (½ cup) Sultanas
- Preheat Oven to 160°C (fan) 320 F
- Put sultanas in a saucepan with enough water to cover them, bring to the boil. Then turn the heat off and allow them to sit for 10 minutes whilst you prepare the sponge mix.80 grams (½ cup) Sultanas
- Beat the sugar and butter together until creamy ( we used a cake mixer to help speed it up), add 3 eggs and stir to combined. Add Vanilla extract.225 grams (1 cup) Unsalted Butter, 200 grams (1 cup) Caster sugar, 3 medium Eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Make a cornflour slurry using 1 tablespoon cornflour with 1 tablespoon of water, stir until no lumps and then add another 2 tablespoon of water. Pour into cake mixture and stir.1 tablespoon Cornflour
- Sift flour into the bowl and finally add baking powder. Mix all together.Add a tablespoon of flour in with the drained sultanas to coat in flour (this helps stop them sinking)215 grams (1 ¾ cups) Plain flour, 1 teaspoon Baking powder, 80 grams (½ cup) Sultanas
- Fold the sultanas into the mix. Place in a greased springform cake base I used a 20cm / 8inch round one and flatten the mixture as best you can.80 grams (½ cup) Sultanas
- Bake for 1 hour, leave to cool and sprinkle with extra sugar before serving.
Updated on 17/11/2023 to improve blog post image layout and include more cake recipe suggestions.
How to store Sultana Cake?
This cake keeps well. Store in a large airtight container or wrap well with cling film/ foil (ensure completely covered air will dry it out) at room temperature for up to 7 days.
That's if it will last that long before it gets eaten!
Looking for another fruit-filled recipe? Check out our classic British recipe for Bread Pudding.
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Hope you enjoy this Manor House Sultana cake as much as we do, please let us know in the comments how you get on.