Grandma’s cake

Tea time for my Hungarian grandmother was an opportunity to socialise and serve her delicious baking which she would urge you to eat. It was how she showed her love, “But Jenny, you’ve only had two pieces”. She often served variations of this cake depending on what was in season. Grandma would make it with fresh apricots, plums or cherries, but I imagine you could substitute lots of other fresh fruits too. It’s a very easy moist cake, go on, make it!


4 whole eggs

1 cup sugar

1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup plain flour

250 grams melted butter or margarine

Fresh apricots, plums or cherries

I used 8 apricots and then cut them in half. You could use more if you wanted to place them more tightly.


Preheat oven to 200 C or 180 C for fan forced oven.

Grease and line a square baking dish (approximately 24 x 24 cm or 9 x 9 inches).

Beat eggs and sugar until frothy and then add cooled melted butter and flour and mix until combined.

Pour into the baking dish and put plums, apricots or cherries on top.

Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until lightly golden on top.

Let cool and then dust with icing sugar if desired.

Enjoy with plenty of tea or coffee and chat.

weighed watermarked

You don’t need to weigh your fruit, I just wanted to show off my scales again!

bowl of apricots watermarked

Organic apricots

apricot watermarked

Slice large fruit in half and remove the stone.

pre bakinge watermarked

Place the fruit on top (you could pack it more tightly if you wanted to).

baked watermarked

Dust the cooled cake with icing sugar if desired.

cake and tea watermarked

Owl about some cake and a nice cup of tea


45 thoughts on “Grandma’s cake

  1. Wish I could join you for Tea Time and Chat πŸ™‚ looks yum .
    …. LOL you and your scales πŸ˜‰ complimentary orange and blue too

  2. Your grandma’s cake looks so yummy and easy to make!! Love the beautiful, blue scales and the gorgeous tea cosy too πŸ™‚

    • This was the only recipe I got from her and I am kicking myself over it. I’ve tried to make some of her dishes using recipes in books but they never come out the same. 😦

      • When my grandmother died, my grandfather gave me my grandmother’s recipe boxes with all her recipes in them. Being the one to be responsible for them I want to make sure they are passed around. I did miss out on my aunts recipes and like you can’t find ones that taste the same as some of her favorites. Do you have a relative who may have asked her for certain recipes you could get a copy from?

      • Possibly one of my cousins may have some. You are so lucky to have been given the gift of your grandmother’s recipe box and I think you’re currently making a recipe book to share with your family?

      • Yes I am, my grandmother and her friends openly shared all their recipes. To my grandmother, she wanted to not only give gifts from her kitchen but the opportunity for others to be able to make it themselves, so I want to pass that on.

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