Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Is this polish, as in get a duster and do some housework or Polish as in from Poland? I have no idea and maybe there is someone out there who can answer this question. The bare bones of this old recipe comes from the 1960s WI Cornish Recipes book and the only help I have is ‘creamed method”.

So I start by guesswork and pre heat my fan oven to 150C and grease and line the base of a 7” spring form tin. Prepare the dry ingredients before starting.

4 oz softened butter
5 oz caster sugar
vanilla extract
2 large eggs
8 oz SR flour
4 tablespoons milk
3 oz glace cherries, quartered
2 oz coconut
2 oz chopped walnuts
2 oz grated chocolate, I used 70% cocoa solids.  [I chopped mine, grating chocolate is a pain]

Cream the softened butter, vanilla and sugar, until light and fluffy then add the beaten eggs, then the flour, along with the milk. Fold in the remaining ingredients and tip into your prepared tin.

Bake for about 1¼ hours, until golden and firm to the touch, cool on a rack and enjoy. Just yummy and a great combination of flavours. It was tasty and moist for the 3 days it lasted. 

I reckon it is a polish cake! You come home after a hard day’s work, then polish it off. [probably not though]


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  2. Jenna Fowler6 September 2019 at 13:50
    Oh my! I've been searching for this recipe online for ages without success. Then, after a lengthy session of looking through your wonderful blog there it was! It's Polish like the country. My Auntie Rhoda from Sheffield gave me the recipe back in the 70s. Her recipe is based on the 8 oz Victoria sandwich mixture and in her recipe the cherries are chopped finely and there's no coconut. Try it with chopped Cadbury's Flake! Here is her recipe:-

    8oz butter or margarine
    8oz sugar
    4 eggs, beaten
    8oz self-raising flour
    2oz walnuts, chopped (or nut mix)
    2oz glace cherries, chopped
    2oz chocolate, chopped (Flake or Aero etc.)
    milk to mix

    Grease and line an 8-inch round cake tin. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, then the flour gradually. Add the walnuts, cherries and chocolate and fold in. Bake at Gas Mark 3 (325F/160C) for 1 1/2 hours.