One of the traditions of attending an Irish wake is to take something to feed and comfort the family during their grief. Even if the family doesn’t practice “sitting up with the dead“, a potluck gathering often is held to remember the deceased. One such dish is an Irish Wake Cake.
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 oz cream cheese
1 3/4 cups cake flour, sifted (roughly 6 oz by weight)
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup dried currants or raisins
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
- Preheat your oven to 325 F degrees.
- In the mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla together.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time, then add the cream cheese, mixing until thoroughly combined.
- Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, mixing until thoroughly combined.
- Gradually add buttermilk and mix until you have a smooth batter with no lumps, then fold in the currants.
- Pour the batter into a greased 9-inch loaf pan.
- Place the pan on the center rack in your oven and bake for about 1 hour 20-25 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean for a test.
- Remove to a cooling rack and let the cake cool down for 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and lemon juice, then drizzle that icing over the cake while it is still warm. Let the cake cool down however before serving it.
- Slice the cake and serve with a dollop of clotted cream or whipped cream.