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Five finger cake

Hello! A while back I was telling you guys that I had spent some time trawling through my Ma’s recipe pile and was going to slowly {but surely!} share them here.

This one is a tried and tested family recipe. My aunty was the best baker, and I loved everything she made. Heck, I loved food… so was happy with anything edible. This cake was one that she made a lot, and I loved when she did. I know some people are all ‘SULTANAS SHOULD NOT EXIST IN CAKE’ but I love them. I’m team sultana. Please don’t hate me.

It’s called the five finger cake, and I’m assuming it is because you can remember the recipe without writing it down. It’s a busy mum’s dream cake. Or anyone’s dream cake.

I made it recently for a school bake stall and it went quickly, so I’m thinking that’s a good sign!

Five finger cake

Five Finger Cake


1 cup sultanas
1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour {non-wholemeal is fine too}
1 cup coconut, desiccated
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar


♥ Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line a cake tin with baking paper. I used a square tin, 20 by 20. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon. Place into prepared tin. Bake for one hour.


Are you team sultana? Like em? Hate em?

  • Cakes like this are the best! I make one with chocolate chips and all you need is a 3/4 measuring cup! This one looks totes easy and most importantly, totes delicious!

  • Kate

    Oh wow that sounds super easy and delish. Thanks for sharing.. Can’t wait to try (sultanas rock)

  • I can’t remember ANYTHING and I think I already got this. Yay for that. But I will be swapping the sultanas for cranberries because, gross. Don’t hate me. xoxo

  • Alison Borgas

    So easy! My kind of cake.

  • Hurrah for easy recipes!! Thank you (walks off chuntering ‘only HALF a cup of sugar!!’)

  • Okay. I made it this afternoon just before I started to cook dinner. I used white SR flour and dark brown sugar. I put less sugar in – over a 1/4 but less than 1/2 cup. Anyway, I am eating it now and oh my goodness, the sultanas are juicy and plump and I seriously am in love! It is delish! (I didn’t need to cook it for an hour though – probably 45mins and it was done!)

    Thank you!!!

  • Ella Spurling

    I’ll join your sultana gang! Going to make this tomorrow. Yum! 🙂

  • Tobi Bonifant

    Perfect timed post, I needed an idea for hubbies bday cake (without icing). Boom! I have a winner, thank you. Quick question though: 180 fan-forced?

  • Alexandra Abrahams

    Yum, can’t wait to try this – I do believe there is a place for sultanas in cake!

  • Gina Nathan

    I’m team sultana!

  • Super simple – we love sultanas in this household!

  • This is a family favourite here for generations also. My mum made it with fruit medley instead of sultanas though!

  • SJ13

    It’s easy to remember the half a cup of sugar because your thumb is half the size of your finger! I’m off to try this. I could use it at work because it has no eggs and I have a child allergic to eggs in my class.

  • Patti Albinger

    Sorry but what are sultanas??? Would love to try it.

  • Ok on the list for today 🙂 total Team Sultana..

  • mary_j_j

    Just got this out of the oven – looks great!! Mine took about 40 minutes to cook. Can’t wait to have a slice when it cools down!

  • Steph Mitchell

    I make a 5-cup cake all the time, well, more often than any other sort! The recipe as I learnt it has 1 cup each of
    SR Flour,
    Brown sugar,
    Mixed fruit (or your choice of dried fruit) and
    I cook it the same but in a round tin. I use less sugar but make it up with a bit more fruit but I also change that as I feel like it. If I have apples I’ll chop one up and add sultanas and some cinnamon, and I’ve added mashed banana and pear. Depending on your likes or dislikes you can add a sprinkling of All Spice or Nutmeg (or add all 3) to the mixture.

  • SonyaS

    Whipped this up last night, not too bad I might add….
    I added a Tbs of coconut oil to the mix, and it gave it a beautiful coconut flavour!…