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The Hairy Bikers and the Condensed Milk Cake

Uncategorized | January 25, 2010 | By

For those visiting from other countries, I should really explain that the Hairy Bikers are a couple men from the north of England who drive round the country (and other countries) on their motorbikes making and eating fabulous food. They are so genuine in their enthusiasm and like good down-to-earth food. Their latest series ‘Hairy Bikers – Mums know best’ takes you into the homes of everyday Mums who make lovely meals. It is one of the highlights of my viewing week (I know, how sad is that lol!).

Anyway, one of the recipes that caught my eye was this Sticky Date Cake which is basically a boiled fruit cake but it is made using a tin of condensed milk. Preparation is minimal but it takes a good 2 and a half hours to bake in a low oven.

This is the baked cake still in it’s tin.

That is the unappetising goo that is the boiled mixture before you bake it (I didn’t want to put that as the first photo in case you were put off!

and here are a couple of slices of the delicious cake, so where is the recipe, I hear you ask? Click on this link Sticky Date Cake and you too can make a Hairy Biker special.

When I described this cake to friends on the crafting forum I visit. Angelnorth recognised it immediately and, as I have actually visited her in real life, she reminded me that she had served me a piece of this cake on my visit and it comes from a book called “Food from the Place Below”.

It seems that the original link to this recipe has been removed, so I have linked to another copy of it which has been posted on the BBC Good Food website as “Sticky Date Cake”.  I have checked it against the original recipe in the Mum’s Know Best cookbook and it is the same.


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    January 25, 2010

    I swear, I am going to track you down and knock on your door when it's time for coffee! That looks divine!

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    January 25, 2010

    yum yum yum – sent us a thick slice Janice.

    I liked the look of this when I saw the bikers made it on tv – I will definitely have a go at this one.



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    January 25, 2010

    Oooh, I love the Hairy Bikers and have been watching Mums Know Best too! Cake looks amazing!

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    January 25, 2010

    My favourite ingredients there….condensed milk and dates. Looks very moist & delicious too. Would be great with a cup of tea.

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    January 26, 2010

    Interestingly, the dried fruit is different – Food from the Place Below uses just dates and raisins. Everything else is the same though, down to the inclusion of a bit of marmalade! It keeps really well (if it gets chance!) – enjoy!

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    January 26, 2010

    I'm loving the Hairy Bikers "Mum knows Best" series; the food looks brilliant. I like your strategic photo placement with the gooey mixture pic hee hee! Thanks for sharing, it looks delish!

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    January 26, 2010

    It looks gorgeous Janice! Never watched the programme but will have to see what its all about if this cake is anything to go by!

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    The imPerfect Housewife
    January 26, 2010

    That looks really really good!!! That show sounds hilarious and I bet if I were over there with you, I'd be next to you on the couch watching it! Wouldn't that be fun?? You could interpret for me! ha ha Have a good evening ~ β™₯

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    Helen McGinn
    January 26, 2010

    Oh, I love the Hairy Bikers! This cake looks divine. I'm a huge fan of this kind of cake, lashings of butter and a huge mug of tea! Mmmmmm.

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    January 27, 2010

    This is a great looking cake and I couldn't think of a better cake for this time of year.

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    January 28, 2010

    I saw this on the show too, and like you my ears pricked up when the mention of condensed milk came up. Looks great.

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    Deeba PAB
    February 13, 2010

    Oooh I like this 'Hairy Bike' special you've made Janice. Luscious, and with condensed milk, it's got to be a winner!

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    February 21, 2010

    Oh yum! My grandma makes a cake like this. It is so good! I might have to try this recipe- it looks so moist and delicious!

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    Olivia Ashe
    April 9, 2012

    I love the Hairy bikers and the 2 fat ladies. I think British cooks are the best. They make the best food πŸ˜‰

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    June 19, 2012

    Help me please. Im looking for the recipe of the sticky date cake from Ulverton from the hairy bikers. I could not find it on the BBC site. Googling brought me to your site and i was relieved to find a link to the recipe. Only to find out its not working………. Please where can i find it. From the Netherlands this cry for help.

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    June 20, 2012

    I too would like this recipe. Could someone please publish it again.

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    June 20, 2012

    A cry for help from France!

    I'm looking for this recipe too… Can someone share it, please?

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    November 12, 2017

    I have been making this cake for years it’s in Delia smiths complete illustrated cookery course cook book printed in 1978

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      Janice Pattie
      November 12, 2017

      I think it has been around for a long time, it’s such a good cake.

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