Rustic Italian Grape Cake -Recipe

by Ciaran Burke


24 pots of jam have been made from our haul of grapes, also nearly four liters of grape cordial Hanna made a delicious cake from an Italian recipe replacing sweet wine with white port. YUM!



  • 225ml dessert white port wine
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g softened butter
  • 3 eggs
  • zest 1 orange
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 175ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 225g plain flour , plus 1 tbsp for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 175g grapes , halved and seeded
  • 4-5 tbsp demerara sugar

  1. Pour the wine into a pan. Bring to the boil and keep simmering until reduced down to 85ml – will take some 5-10 mins. Leave to cool.
  2. Heat oven to 180C.
  3. Beat together the sugar and butter. Add the eggs, one at a time. Then stir in the zests.
  4. Mix baking powder and flours.
  5. Mix together the cooled wine and olive oil and pour some into the cake mix. Stir well, then fold in about third of the flour mixture. Keep alternating between adding the liquid and flour until everything has been mixed in.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the oiled and floured baking tin, smooth the surface with a spoon.
  7. Scatter the halved grapes over the top. Sprinkle with demerera sugar.
  8. Bake for about 50 mins or untilwell baked.
Enjoy! I certainly did…

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