Denise says:

  • This is a family friendly cake suitable for either tea or as a dessert. It is harvest time for grapes and so naturally I wanted to create a recipe that would reflect this bounty at its best.
  • Preparation Time:25 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour
  • Serves: 8-10 people


  • 225g butter/ non dairy margarine
  • 350g black seedless grapes–cut in half
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 75g date honey or clear honey
  • 225g SR flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 100g pistachio nuts – finely ground plus 2 tablespoons for garnish
  • Garnish: 50g seedless black grapes – leave whole


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ 160 Fan.
  2. Grease and line a 23cm loose based cake tin with baking parchment paper.
  3. Halve the grapes.
  4. Beat the butter and sugar using a mixer until pale and fluffy.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and honey, then gradually whisk into the butter mixture. Using a metal spoon fold in the flour, baking powder and ground pistachio nuts.
  6. Fold in the halved grapes, then spoon into the prepared cake tin and level the top.
  7. Bake for 1 hour or until a skewer is inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the tin for 30 minutes, then remove the cake from the tin. Transfer to a large round serving plate.
  9. Top with small clusters of grapes, chopped pistachio nuts and a drizzle of honey.