Hevva Cake from the Cornish Chef

'If you’re into scones and shortbread, then this Cornish classic is definitely for you...'

A Hevva Cake is a traditional treat enjoyed across Cornwall year-round: a spiced dough mixed with dried fruit bakes into a warming, crumbly cake that’s perfect with a cup of tea on Christmas afternoon.

It takes its name from one of Cornwall’s fishing traditions.

This version of the classic cake is from The Cornish Chef. An anonymous cook, born and bred in Cornwall, he creates delicious dishes with the finest local ingredients.

He says, ‘my Hevva cake sits somewhere between a classic fruit scone and a festive spiced shortbread – it’s slightly crumbly but not at all heavy like many people believe, but neither is it light and airy!’

Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 10-12 portions


350g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt – Cornish Seasalt
150g butter, room temperature –Trewithen Dairy
4 tsp mixed spice
100g golden castor sugar
150g currants or sultanas
100g chopped mixed peel
100ml milk – Trewithen Dairy
1 tbsp castor sugar



Preheat your oven to 165°c.

In a bowl combine the flour, butter, baking powder and salt. Rub with your fingers until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.

Add in the sugar, mixed spice, currants and the chopped peel. Fold this mix together until well combined and then pour in the milk. Use a spoon to stir this through, you will then have a thick sticky dough.

Lay a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray and place the dough on top. Flour your hands and press the dough out into a large disk about 3cm deep. Dust with a little flour and use a knife to score a fish net pattern on top of your disk.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 30 minutes then remove before scattering over the tablespoon of castor sugar. Enjoy warm with a cup of tea.


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