How to make the Shetland Huffsie (Recipe)

14 February 2019

A huffsie is a traditional Shetland fruit cake originating from the island of Whalsay. Flavoured with spices and treacle, the ingredients are boiled prior to baking.

This recipe comes to us courtesy of Marian Armitage, and you can find it in our booklet, 'A Taste of Shetland Recipe Booklet', available under the 'gifts' section in our shop. Makes a 2lb cake.


  • 200g Self raising flour

  • 1 level 5ml tsp baking powder
  • 2 level 5ml tsp spice – Your choice
  • 2 Shetland Eggs
  • 100g soft brown sugar
  • 100g Shetland butter
  • 200g mixed dried fruit
  • 1 tablespoon treacle


  1. Heat the oven to 150°c. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.
  2. Weigh the flour, spices and baking powder and set aside. Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl.
  3. Put the sugar, butter, treacle and fruit into a large saucepan and bring to the boil slowly. Boil for 2-3 minutes, watching all the time. Remove from the heat and cool a little. Add the eggs and beat well; lastly add in the flour mixture.
  4. Transfer immediately to the prepared loaf tin and cook for 45 minutes, until well risen and golden brown. You can test its readiness by inserting a skewer - if it comes out clean, it's baked. Cool in the tin.


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