Eccles cake

Eccles cake

An Eccles cake is a small, round cake filled with currants and made from puff pastry with butter and topped with demerara sugar.

Name and origin

Eccles cakes are named after the English town of Eccles, in Salford. It is not known who invented the recipe, but James Birch is credited with being the first person to sell Eccles cakes on a commercial basis, which he sold from his shop at the corner of Vicarage Road and St Mary’s Road (now known as Church Street) in the town centre, in 1793. [cite web
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Nicknames for the Eccles cake include "Squashed Fly Cake" and "Fly Cake" or even "a Fly's Graveyard", owing to the appearance of the currants that it contains.

imilar pastries

The Garibaldi biscuit is a smaller, drier cousin, and is also referred to as a "Fly Cake" and related terms.

The Chorley cake (from the town of Chorley in Lancashire) is flatter in appearance, is made with shortcrust pastry rather than flakey pastry and is devoid of sugar topping.

Banbury cakes are an oval shaped cake from the town of Banbury.


Traditionally paired with Lancashire cheese, as is Chorley cake.


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  • Eccles cake — UK [ˈek(ə)lz ˌkeɪk] / US noun [countable] Word forms Eccles cake : singular Eccles cake plural Eccles cakes a type of small cake filled with dried currants (= fruit) …   English dictionary

  • Eccles cake — n a small round cake made of pastry covered with sugar, and filled with currants (= dried grapes). They were originally made in Eccles, in Lancashire (now Greater Manchester). * * * …   Universalium

  • Eccles cake — noun Brit. a round flat cake of sweetened pastry filled with currants. Origin named after the town of Eccles near Manchester …   English new terms dictionary

  • Eccles cake — /ˈɛkəlz keɪk/ (say ekuhlz kayk) noun a small, round cake made from puff pastry and filled with currants, butter and sugar. {named after Eccles, a town in Lancashire, England} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Eccles cake — n. a round flat cake made of pastry filled with currants etc. Etymology: Eccles in N. England …   Useful english dictionary

  • Eccles cake — Ec|cles cake [ˈekəlz keık] n BrE a round cake filled with ↑currants (=type of dried fruit) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Eccles cake — noun A small, round, oven baked cake made from a currant based filling enclosed in puff pastry …   Wiktionary

  • Eccles cake — noun (C) BrE a round cake filled with currants (=type of dried fruit) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Eccles — can refer to:Places*Eccles (UK Parliament constituency) mdash; a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom *Eccles Avenue Historic District, Ogden, Utah *Eccles Broadcast Center, Salt Lake City, Utah …   Wikipedia

  • Eccles, Greater Manchester — Coordinates: 53°28′57″N 2°20′20″W / 53.4824°N 2.3390°W / 53.4824; 2.3390 …   Wikipedia

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