Traditional Scottish recipe Thursday…..Diet loaf cake!!

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Hello lovelies welcome back to my page, Here is a very light sponge which was known in the days of Sir Walter Scott (he mentions it in his novel “St Ronan’s Well”).


One pound caster sugar (granulated sugar)

8 ounces soft butter

6 eggs (size 3)

12 ounces (350g – nearly 4 cups) sifted plain flour (all purpose in the US)

Half teaspoon ground cinnamon

Finely grated lemon peel


1: Whisk the eggs thoroughly.

2: Cream the butter and sugar to make it light and frothy and slowly beat in the whisked eggs.

3: Add the lemon rind and cinnamon and then gradually beat in the flour, beating continually to ensure the mixture is kept light.

4: Line a large cake tin with well greased paper (vegetable parchment in the US) and pour in the mixture.

5: Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375F/190C/Gas Mark 5 for 35 minutes until golden brown and well risen.

6: You can sprinkle icing sugar (frosting) on top five minutes before removing it from the oven.

7: Allow to cool for ten minutes before removing from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Some people add a layer of icing (frosting) to the top once it is cold – but that is rather at variance with the title of “Diet Loaf”.

I hope you enjoy this weeks traditional Scottish recipe for the diet loaf cake, I know it goes down a treat in my house there’s never any left at the end of the day.

What’s your favourite traditional recipe?

Kimberly xo

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6 thoughts on “Traditional Scottish recipe Thursday…..Diet loaf cake!!

  1. Looks delicious – I love lemon in anything – so light and refreshing. I’m intrigued by the cinnamon/lemon combination – not something we normally do in the US, but I think it would be an interesting combo. I’ll add this to my recipes to try for sure.

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