Mrs. Beeton’s Coffee Cake

Follow along as volunteer Madeline Baldrey teaches us how to make a Coffee Cake from an early edition of Mrs. Beeton’s ‘Cookery Book’. Mrs. Beeton was a popular Victorian-Era authority on household management and made famous by her 1861 publication, “Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management”. Madeline is baking this recipe in the Roedde House Museum’s restored 1893 kitchen.


Coffee of Moka Cake


1/2 lb. of butter, 1/2 lb. of brown sugar, 1/4 lb. of golden syrup, 1/2 lb. of currants, 1/2 lb. of sultanas, 1/2 lb. of flour, 1/2 oz. of baking powder, 2 eggs, 1/2 oz. of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon mixed, coffee.


Sieve the baking powder with the flour into a pan, add the spices, sugar, and butter; rub well together, make a well in the center, pour in the syrup, add about 1/2 pint of strong, cold coffee, break in the eggs, and beat well together; then mix in the other ingredients with a strong wooden spoon, using a little milk if not moist enough, mix in the fruit last, and then bake in a long square cake pan nicely papered.


1 to 2 hours.