Eccles Cakes


From the North of England, Eccles cakes are sugar-crusted pastries filled with a sweet and spicy mixture. They're best eaten straight from the oven.

close up view of Eccles Cakes on a cooling rack
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
8 cakes


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup dried currants

  • ¾ cup demerara sugar

  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied mixed fruit peel

  • ¾ teaspoon mixed spice

  • ½ (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed

  • 1 large egg white, beaten

  • ¼ cup white sugar for decoration


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Sprinkle a baking sheet with water.

  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add currants, demerara sugar, fruit peel, and mixed spice. Stir until sugar is dissolved and fruit is well coated, then remove from the heat.

  3. Roll pastry on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Using a saucer as a guide, cut out eight 5-inch circles. Divide fruit mixture evenly among the circles. Moisten the pastry edges with water, pull over filling toward the center, and pinch to seal. Invert filled cakes on the floured surface and gently to make a wider, flatter circle, being careful not to break the dough.

  4. Brush each cake with egg white, then sprinkle generously with white sugar. Make three parallel cuts across the top of each cake, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
15g Fat
32g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 7mg 37%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 78mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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