Blackwell’s Sultana Cake

Blackwell’s Sultana Cake used to be made at the Blackwell’s bakery in the 1930s, and sold from the Kaiapoi store and from Blackwell’s retail and bakery shop opposite Ballantynes in Cashel Street, Christchurch. Their sultana cake holds special memories for many people in the district.

While we were looking through the records to build this website we found the original recipe. Here it is and we hope it’s as successful for you as it was for Blackwell’s over eighty years ago.

10 oz sugar
10 oz butter
1 lb plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 lb sultanas
2 pieces of chopped lemon peel
6 eggs

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and remaining ingredients. Bake in moderately slow oven (160°C) for approx 1.5 to 2 hours until a skewer comes out clean.

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