Souls Cake with Butterscotch Sauce

Lotte Duncan makes a winter-warming cake that works well as a Bonfire night pudding too
By Lotte Duncan
Souls Cake with Butterscotch Sauce
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  • Serves: 6-8
  • Cook Time: 2.0833333333333335 hours 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 2 weeks maturing
  • Effort: easy


For the cake:

  • 225 g butter
  • 450 g black treacle
  • 350 g fine oatmeal
  • 350 g plain flour
  • 225 g dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100 ml full-fat milk

For the sauce:

  • 25 g butter
  • 2 tbsp lightlight muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 55 ml double cream


1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC/gas 3. Grease two 24x19cm roasting tins or one larger roasting dish.

2. Warm the butter and treacle in a saucepan, to melt them together.

3. Mix together the oatmeal, flour, sugar, ginger, salt and cream of tartar.

4. Dissolve the bicarbonate in the milk.

5. Pour the melted butter and treacle into the dry ingredients and then add the milk mixture. Stir thoroughly, turn the mixture into the tins and level off the top.

6. Bake the cakes in the oven, allowing 1 hour 15 minutes for the two smaller ones or 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours for the larger tin. Test whether the cakes are cooked by inserting a skewer; if it comes out dry the cake is cooked through.

7. Cool the cakes in the tins. To enjoy the cakes at their best, keep them well wrapped in a clean cloth for around two weeks before cutting into squares or bars.

8. Serve the cake with the sauce. Warm the butter, sugar and syrup together in a saucepan until well-blended. Bring to the boil and boil for 1 minute.

9. Allow the sauce to cool for 30 seconds then stir in the double cream. Pour the sauce over the cake and serve at once.

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