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Cornish Heavy (Hevva) Cake

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Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 40 minutes

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15 slices

Traditional Cornish heavy cake, using the recipe handed down through my family to me. This recipe uses no eggs. Great with a cup of tea!

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  • 500g Self-raising flour
  • 250g Butter
  • 360g Mixed dried fruit
  • 180g Sugar
  • 100ml Milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Line a medium, square cake tin.

  2. Rub the butter into the flour until it's the texture of fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and fruit and mix well. Add the milk and mix to a soft, stiff dough.

  3. Press into the cake tin, pushing down firmly in the corners. Score the top of the cake with a sharp knife, making criss-cross diagonal lines.

  4. Place in the middle of the preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  5. Remove from the oven and while still warm, brush with milk and give a generous sprinkling of granulated sugar. Allow to cool and cut generous slices.

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13th Mar, 2020
Great recipe, I add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon as I like cinnamon but great without too! I definitely recommend this recipe, it's one of my favourites! Dont add more milk than stated and mix well after adding
Jane Elliott
1st Mar, 2019
100 ml of milk hardly makes it damp never mind mixing to a dough are your measurements right
Vaughan Rouffignac
28th Aug, 2019
I can confirm myself that the recipe is 100% correct made it plenty of times for family. Never fails to put a smile of on there faces
18th May, 2019
Absolutely positive. You're not trying to get a normal cake mix, it should be quite hard to squash it all into the tin. I've made this exact recipe a lot of times. It's almost like thick play-doh.
20th May, 2015
Very tasty, beautiful cake :)
10th May, 2015
Lovely, I added a tsp of cinnamon and some grated nutmeg.
19th Mar, 2015
Great recipe; tasty, fun to make! A real good recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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