Tipsy Cake

Does anyone have a recipe for Tipsy Cakes? This is not the tipsy laird trifle but the individual little cakes which we had growing up in the 50/60s in Glasgow. It was probably made in a loaf type tin and then sliced. Sponge/some kind of pink liquid and a rum flavouring and an icing. My friend and I have been looking for this recipe for years but have not had any success. I just spend a wonderful holiday in Scotland but lo and behold I could not even buy a tipsy cake.
Would be forever grateful to receive one.
Thank you
Ina Patience.

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May 31, 2017
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Ingredients NEW
by: Anonymous

Firstly old cake....... or bake some small cakes and let go dry, break into lumps and ram into tin (I used an old oblong meatloaf baking tin I got from my mum) the rest was experimental as all the baker said was syrup, rum essence and weight. So I melted strawberry jelly and added a miniature of rum to it, then added to the mixture.
The knack is to get it dry to SLIGHTLY moist and then it is finding a way to compress it that creates the final sticky but delicious cake.
Compression and time is what fuses the cake pieces together to give the final product.
Remember experimentation only creates weight gain and if too wet it's in a pudding, too dry a trifle.

May 31, 2017
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Russian slice recipe required NEW
by: Kimberley

Thank you Ian.

But can ypu share with me a list if ingredients yoy use and a method of how yoy make it.

I'd appreciate your help.

Regards, Kimberley

May 31, 2017
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The folowing is a long ago post NEW
by: Ian Young

Now Russian slice/tipsy cake are similar types of cake.
It is the remnants of older dry bakers cake mixed with flavoured syrup or jam and a dash of rum or rum essence to give the unique flavour..... which can vary to your taste. Below is the post I placed, WOW, oh so long ago. I have done this and it works, the important part is finding a way to weigh down heavily as this is what gives the heavy thick texture while still being moist.

Hope this helps.

Dec 15, 2012
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by: Ian Young

Well It's me again, and the sage concludes....
There is no recipe, I have finally established from a new Home Bakers (Oliver's) at the top of Well Street in Paisley that Tipsy cake is made from the trimmings off of the baking trays and the domes that are removed when making a cake flat for presentation, this is then crushed into a loaf tin, (hence the marbelling and never being the same) syrup is then added and the resulting mixture weighted down till it sets.... hence the firmness and stickyness from that point on the final product is at the baker's discretion.....
I CAN SLEEP AGAIN.

May 30, 2017
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Russian slice recipe required NEW
by: Kimberley

Please could you send me the recipe.
Many thanks

May 30, 2017
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Tipsy cake NEW
by: Tommy G

You can get tipsy cake at Fisher & Donaldson in St. Andrews also attend baker's in Anstruther ,Barnet's

May 17, 2017
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Russian slice recipe required NEW
by: Kimberley

Hi. I am wanting to attempt the Russian slice recipe but nowhere can I find what I believe to be the correct recipe.
Please can some one advise me on the traditional one that was made and sold in bakeries.

Thank you
Kimberley

Mar 31, 2017
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Russian Slice NEW
by: Anonymous

I have got a book called the Victorian Book of Cakes, and there is a picture and a recipe for Russian Slice. If you would like the details, I will try to photograph the picture and the recipe.

I was trying to buy it for years as I used to get it from my local bakers when I was a child but then they stopped selling it!

Best wishes

Dec 18, 2016
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Disappointed! NEW
by: Diana

Can I buy Tipsy Cake in Edinburgh?

Dec 15, 2016
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Tipsy cake in Glasgow NEW
by: Anonymous

Newlands bakery on kilmarnock road have it most days. One of my favourites!

Nov 11, 2016
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where can i buy tipsy cake in glasgow NEW
by: Anonymous

hi i stay in Glasgow and have been looking for some where that sells tipsy cake can any one help me out i would try to make it myself but i cant bake or cook

Nov 04, 2016
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Tipsy cake NEW
by: Anonymous

Byron baker Aberdeen sells theses

Dec 06, 2015
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Any feedback on this recipe? NEW
by: Jodie

Hi, I'm hoping to bake my nana a traditional 'tipsy cake' like she has always described to me. As I'm only 22, I have no recollection of how this should taste or what it should look like. But, I'm so determined to make this for her at Christmas time.

I see a recipe here... Can anyone who had a tipsy cake in the 50s/60s concur that this is an accurate recipe!

Thanks from my 76 year old nana and I in advance :)

Jun 19, 2015
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Tipsy cake
by: Anonymous

You can buy these cakes from Aitkens Bakery or Chalmers bakery both in Aberdeen and both bakeries have several shops

Apr 18, 2015
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Russian slice in bristol
by: jonjonny

Denny's bakery in north street bedminster used to do them and Winnie's bakery in Weston super made still do them!
I've been looking for somewhere else in Bristol as I love them but no luck yet.

Nov 21, 2014
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require outlet for buying tipsycake on line
by: Jack A MacNicol

Please help, require outlet to purchase your tipsycake slabs/for self cutting on line.

Nov 20, 2014
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Tipsy cake/ russian slice
by: Anonymous

Thanx for the recipe i will be making one tomorrow but if .....but if anyone knows where i can find it in Bristol that would be great thanx

Oct 08, 2014
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tipsy cake
by: Anonymous

Tipsy cake of old Glasgow is sold in Coatbridge main street Christies bakeries it is to die for and great uncle gets me it hippie this helps

May 28, 2014
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Thanks!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the recipe!

May 27, 2014
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Russian Slice or Tipsy Cake and Rum Truffles
by: Anonymous

we used to have what was known in the UK as Russian Slice… and it was made from stale [got to be fairly dry] cake or leftover cake… usually a chocolate cake and a madeira – two different kinds… it was moist because you crumbed the cakes together, added pip-free raspberry jam, some butter and rum… it was absolutely delicious… My granny used to make it. If she had plenty left over from making one cake/slice… the rest would be used to make rum truffles by rolling them in chocolate vermicelli… I’ve just been thinking about it and found this recipe online:

How to make a Traditional Russian Slice Recipe

Ingredients for Russian Slice Recipe
12oz Dry Chocolate Cake (any type)
8oz Dry White Chocolate Cake (any type) or madiera
2 oz Butter
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
6-7 heaped tsp Seedless Raspberry Jam
3 Tbsp Dark Rum

Break the white and chocolate cake in chunks in a mixing bowl.

Rub the two cakes together with your fingers to produce a dry crumb mixture.

Gently melt the butter.

Place the seedless raspberry jam into the bowl with the Tbsp lemon juice.

Pour in the melted butter.

Add the rum.

Mix together well.

You can taste the mixture to see if you need more rum.

Your Russian Slice recipe mixture will be a dark brown/red and thick textured.

Line a small loaf tin with plastic wrap.

Add the Russian Slice filling.

Make the top even with the back of a spoon.

Cover the Russian Slice with the plastic wrap and place into a fridge for a few hours.

Take the Russian slice out of the loaf tin.

Slice and serve as desired.

You can place a slice on top of some shortcrust pastry or eat it as it is.

Enjoy your Russian Slice Recipe just like from a bakery.

Jan 01, 2014
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Tipsy cake
by: Anonymous

The Sunday Blochairn fruit market car boot sale, Blochairn, Glasgow has a cake stall that sells tipsy cake, and the Newlands Home Bakery, 321 Burnfield Rd, Thornliebank, Glasgow G46 7NA also sells it..the good syrupy sponge type.
Hope this helps

Dec 21, 2013
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Where in Fife for Tipsy cake?
by: Tom Clark

Is there a bakers in Fife I can get tipsy cake? I was able to get it in the Postings in Kirkcaldy but the bakers there have stopped doing it :(

Tom

Jan 16, 2013
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Tipsy cake recipe
by: Tess

There is a Russian tipsy cake recipe published in the 'favourite Teatime recipes' book published by salmon.

1oz plain choc
3 tablespoons boiling water
3 eggs
4.5 oz caster sugar
2.5 oz plain flour
Pinch salt
1 extra tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons fruit juice
2 tablespoons rum
1/2 py double cream

Oven 375
Grease cake tin
Melt choc in boiling water
Whisk eggs and sugar till thick
Fold in flour and salt
Half mix in another bowl
Stir choc in one bowl
Add extra flour to other
Alternative spoon fills in tin for marbled effect
Bake 40mins
Cut in half when cool
Spoon rum and fruit juice over both halfs
Sandwich with whipped cream

Dec 16, 2012
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Recipe for Russian/Tipsy Cake
by: Krissie

I've also struggled to find a recipe for tipsy/russian cake so last year I made one from off cuts of cake that i stored in freezer till needed. This year I made 3 victoria sponges (1 basic, 1 pink and 1 chocolate) allowed them to cool, then broke into chunks and left to dry out overnight. I used a jar of hot raspberry jam and added 100ml rum for the syrup and poured over cake. Pressed cake into a tin, then weighed down with heavy weight for a few days. Topped with layer of marzipan and icing.

Dec 15, 2012
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Bakers territory
by: Ian Young

Well It's me again, and the sage concludes....
There is no recipe, I have finally established from a new Home Bakers (Oliver's) at the top of Well Street in Paisley that Tipsy cake is made from the trimmings off of the baking trays and the domes that are removed when making a cake flat for presentation, this is then crushed into a loaf tin, (hence the marbelling and never being the same) syrup is then added and the resulting mixture weighted down till it sets.... hence the firmness and stickyness from that point on the final product is at the baker's discretion.....
I CAN SLEEP AGAIN.

Dec 14, 2012
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blast from the past!
by: helen wightman

there is a baker in Kilwinning in Ayrshire who also still make this wonderful cake. Hadn't thought about it for years but rushing along the street to a meeting I spotted it in this bakers. Didn't have time to stop at the time but can't help thinking about it. Someone MUST have the recipe. Please, please make our Christmas - share it.

Sep 11, 2012
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tipsy cake
by: sue nottingham

i remember having individual ones in blackburn lancs 60s i would love to find a recipe

Sep 10, 2012
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The search ends!!
by: Anonymous

Found a traditional baker who still makes and sells tipsy cake in Glasgow!! I'm tempted to keep the location secret....but that wouldn't be fair would it?! It's Bradford's Traditional Family Bakery and Tea Shop in Sauchiehall Street, section near to Blythswood Square. Very reasonable price and delicious...just like I remember. Even better they have a website (just Google their name) and deliver worldwide!! It's like Christmas has come early!!

Sep 06, 2012
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Right direction
by: Ian Young

Ok, right direction as I remember this cake being marbled in colour..... Now someone out there must know what syrup to use and how to bind/bake this into a cake form and not a mushy trifle (although I now see where the LAZY trifle form has come from).
Quick, quick people, salavating here.

Sep 05, 2012
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Tipsy cake- the search continues....
by: Anonymous

Likewise I remember the cake from the 60's in Glasgow bakers shops, recollection is that it was made from the leftover sponges from the previous day (waste nothing!) and these were mixed with syrup to make the tipsy cake. Have asked in many of the old style bakers shops but no-one seems to make it anymore although many of the staff remember it. Bring back the Tipsy Cake!!

Jun 22, 2012
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by: Ian Young

This is driving me insane,I have been searching for the name of a very popular sticky/heavy/rummy/sherry favoured cake/sponge avaliable all through my chilhood and up to a few years ago from a home bakery in the Paisley centre, now unfortunatley closed.
Asking bakers in supermarkets is a waste of time... bread is about all they really bake, and old style home bakeries are rare.
I've checked all the comments below (although still to visit shops)and tipsy is the only name so far but...... I still can not find a recipe.... someone out there must have found a site that knows trifle is not a cake and/or know the name/recipe of my obsession

Nov 11, 2011
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tipsey cake
by: kay

I found a tipsey cake it's called catherines tipsey cake at www.odlums.ie it is a flour co.in Ireland

Apr 25, 2011
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Looking for tipsy in Canada
by: Anonymous

I am also looking for the loaf style tipsy cake recipe. Used to buy it at Brodie`s bakery in Victoria B.C. in the 60`s. It had pink icing and was a moist, heavy cake. Fantastic.

Sep 29, 2010
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Tipsy cake not the trifel
by: Anonymous

The cake a couple of people mention sounds like a similar cake we had growing up, but we called it Russian cake. It was still difficult finding the right one, but I did find a recipe under Russian cake.

Jul 12, 2010
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tipsy cake
by: Anonymous

You can get Tipsy Cake (in a block with the pink icing) from Miss Cranston's Tea Room, Gordon Street, Glasgow for £2.20. I bought one the other day and it is heavy moist and super tasty!

Another place that sells it is Bradfords, the Bakers at the top of Suchiehall Street (just past the Royal/Halifax Bank on the corner).

Jun 13, 2010
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Tipsy Cake
by: RAB

The Tipsy Cake recipe can be accessed simply by typing in your browser Scottish Recipe for Tipsy Cake hope this is of help regards to eveyone concerned. Rab

May 25, 2010
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TIPSY CAKE
by: Pam Mitchell

I'm looking for the same recipe as you say not the trifle version. I used to be able buy this cake at the Co-Operative Bakeries in Fife.

My friends at work in Edinburgh have never heard of this and think I am just making it up.

Would love the recipe.

Mar 04, 2010
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tipsy cake
by: brenda

I am also trying to find tipsy cake recipe. If anyone finds it, I would be most grateful if I could share it. Thought it would be easy to find never heard of it as a trifle.

Feb 14, 2010
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by: AJ

Found cake can be bought via:
www.realfooddirect.co.uk
The cake however does have a thin layer of chocolate on top instead of icing.

Jan 18, 2010
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Tipsy cake
by: Anonymous

If anyone is still looking for where to buy tipsy cake you can buy the slices from the fordge market in Glasgow. They are delicious, and only 50p a slice.

Jan 12, 2010
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Me too
by: jillian

Yes I miss tipsy cakes too. The last time I saw this cake slice was in Inverness about 15 years ago. I grew up in Glasgow with the cake and can't believe you can no longer buy it there either. I have never found a recipe for it and I am not an experimenter unfortunately. There must be a retired baker somewhere who knows.

Dec 01, 2009
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Tipsy Cake
by: Erica

Has anybody out there found the recipe for Tipsy Cake not the trifle. Thanks


Sep 22, 2009
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Tipsy Cake
by: Rhonda

I was wondering if you have ever found that Tipsy Cake recipe? If so I would love to have a copy!

Thanks

Aug 07, 2009
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Hopefully we'll find the recipe!
by: May

Hi Ina
I remember Tispy Cake when I was growing up in Glasgow. At this pointI don't have the recipe - butI'll put the word out and hopefulky we'll find it for you.
May

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