Loch Katrine Cake

It would be fairly obvious to assume that this cake had something to do with Scotland where Loch Katrine is one of the major water supplies and, as New Zealand was settled by many a Scottish family, the recipe would find its way into New Zealands famous Edmonds Cookery Book.  But…..did you know that there is also a Loch Katrine in New Zealand?  Possible named by the afore mentioned settlers….but the question must then be asked regarding the origin of the actual recipe.  All I can say for certain is that I found it in the Edmonds Cookery Book and this is the version I have always used.

Although I have not made this for a while I was having a discussion with Grandma, of Grandmas Kiwi Kitchen, regarding our favorite baking recipes and Banana Cake with Lemon Icing is a favorite of hers also…..she likes the lemon Icing…then I told her about Loch Katrine cake with its layers of Pastry, Jam, Currants and Cake topped with lemon Icing….and one thing led to another…and here I am today making Loch Katrine cake.

Loch Katrine Cake
Loch Katrine Cake

This looks a we bit fiddly to make but honestly is quick and easy and well worth the effort.

Pastry Base

  • 50 grams Butter
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Milk to mix
  • 3 Tablespoons Raspberry Jam
  • 1 Cup Currants
  1. Place Flour & Baking Powder in bowl
  2. Rub Butter into flour until crumbly
  3. Mix to a firm dough with milk
  4. Roll out and use to line a greased slice pan (20x30cm)
  5. Spread with Jam
  6. Scatter currants evenly on jam.

Sponge Cake

  • 50 grams soft Butter
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1½ Cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Milk to mix
  1. Mix butter and sugar until light and creamy
  2. Add Eggs alternately with Flour and Baking Powder
  3. Add enough milk to make a soft consistency.
  4. Pour over the pastry and level off
  5. Bake at 180º for 30 – 35 mins
  6. Set aside to cool


  • 1½ Cups Icing Sugar
  • 25 grams soft Butter
  • Rind and juice of ½ lemon
  1. Mix well together adding just enough lemon juice to make a fluffy icing
  2. Spread on top of cooled cake (sprinkle with chopped nuts if desired)
  3. Cut and enjoy
Loch Katrine - New Zealand
Loch Katrine – New Zealand

New Zealand – well worth a visit.


3 thoughts on “Loch Katrine Cake

  1. Looks yummy – my mouth is watering already! Congrats on your latest decision – It is wonderful to work at something you love to do!


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