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Recipe Category: Cakes

La Cucina Butter Cake – ‘Cake Of The Day’

This recipe is over 40 years old and comes from La Cucina Casalinga, the Toorak cafe my Dad had at that time. The cafe chef would freshly bake this Cake Of The Day each morning, and he would simply use different fruit to change it up. The aroma of it cooking would draw customers in to line up for their morning coffee and a huge square block of this cake straight from the oven. There was nothing better!

Makes: 1 x 25cm cake
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 300g A1 sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 250g butter, melted
  • 800g can fruit of choice, drained (apricots, peaches, cherries, apples etc)

Combine flour and sugar, add eggs and milk and beat to combine (use the beater attachment on an electric mixer, not the whisk or do it by hand using a wooden spoon). Add melted butter and beat mixture until well combined.

Pour into a buttered, greaseproof paper lined 25cm square tin and place fruit on top (it will sink to the bottom of the cake mixture). Bake at 180°C for 1 hour or until golden brown and until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. During this time, if the cake is colouring too quickly, cover with foil. Allow to stand 5 minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve cut into large square blocks - La Cucina style! Store in an airtight container.


The ingredients for the original recipe in commercial quantities are below. It make a large commercial cake pan but you do need an industrial size mixer to make it that large.

1.2kg self-raising flour
1.2kg A1 sugar
14 eggs
3 1/2 cups milk
1 kg butter, melted
3kg canned fruit of choice, drained

This 'double' quantity will make 2 x 25cm square or 29cm round cakes.

600g self-raising flour
600g A1 sugar
7 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
500g butter, melted
1.5kg canned fruit of choice, drained

Recipe Type: Baking

Author: Naomi Crisante
Date Created: 30/06/2018

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