Tuesday 3 March 2015

Cereal crumb cake

We get through a lot of cereal here at JibberJabber Towers but the one thing that bothers me is the amount of waste. At the bottom of each packet there is a pile of crumbs. If you try to eat it you'll feel like you're eating dust. I've tried to tempt the birds with it but I think I have spoilt them with seed and fatballs and the fussy little feathered things won't touch the cereal. So what do I do with all these crumbs? Well, I have long lived by the theory that whatever food you have can be baked into a cake so this what I did.

This is a take on a fruited tea cake but takes just an hour to soak up the fruit. I used cold tea leftover from the breakfast teapot. On this occasion it was Earl Grey. We are quite sophisticated here but my brother still thinks I am a barbarian for having a propensity to drink out of mugs rather than tea cups. As with most fruited tea loaves this gets better a few days after making it...if you can leave it that long.

I used bran flakes in this recipe so with no eggs or added fat my version was a vegan cake. Obviously this will depend on what cereal you use as many do contain cow's milk or chocolate in some form.
Equipment: 1lb (450g) loaf tin lined, large bowl


2½ oz (65g) Cereal crumbs
6oz (170g) Mixed dried fruit
5oz (140g) Demerara sugar
8 fl oz (235ml/1 cup) cold black tea
5oz (140g) Self-raising flour
½ tsp (2.5ml) Mixed spice


1. Put the cereal, fruit and sugar in a bowl and cover with the cold tea. Stir the mixture altogether and leave to soak for at least an hour.
2. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 4.
3. Mix in the flour and mixed spice and spoon it into the lined loaf tin.
4. Bake for an hour and 15 minutes until the skewer comes out clean. If necessary cover the cake whilst baking to stop the top from burning.
5. Turn out of the loaf tin, remove the liner and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Linking up with No Waste Food Challenge at Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary, Bake of the Week at Casa Costello, #CookBlogShare at Supergolden Bakes and Tasty Tuesdays at Honest Mum.

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Tasty Tuesdays on HonestMum.com


  1. I am on the look out for more vegan recipes. I'm not vegan but they are definitely going to be better for you without eggs and butter etc. Sounds yummy! #tastytuesday

    1. I"m not vegan either but I find it so handy to have a selection of recipes that are. You're certainly not missing anything!

  2. What a fab idea, great way to use cereal crumbs. Bet this is great for breakfast.

    1. Cake is great to be eaten at any time of the day! With all the dried fruit in it this is a particularly good way to start the day.

  3. That's inspired and looks very delicious. Great if you are looking for a vegan cake too. :)

    1. It got better and better as the days went on and then it was all gone!

  4. Oh wow that looks delicious! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  5. I love the idea of using the cereal dust (although I am not above eating it) and this really looks like a lovely cake to go with a cup of Earl Grey – teacup or mug! Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

  6. This is a FANTASTIC creative way to use up leftovers! I love it and it looks delicious! Thank you for sharing with the no waste food challenge :)

  7. Thanks for sharing that delicious recipe here! It's a great way to use all waste and I bet children will love it too!


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