Super moist fruity loaf (also known as breastfeeding cake)

breastfeeding cake

About a week after I gave birth, my cousin, who has had two of her own, came over and brought a loaf of this super moist breastfeeding cake over. It’s full of iron and fibre, so is great for getting your internal bits moving. I think it might be more about getting your digestion flowing properly after birth, rather than strictly for breastfeeding, but whatever the benefits, it certainly felt like a brilliant way to start the day and was so nice I got the recipe from her and made it again myself. It’s moist, nutty and sweet, lasts for a good week or so in the cupboard, and is incredible when slathered with a bit of butter. Not exactly a diet food, but when you’re breastfeeding you need calories, and this certainly provides!

We’ve had a lot of incredibly thoughtful and lovely gifts for the baby since he’s come along, but this present for me was so appreciated – if you know someone who’s expecting, you should give it a go.

Now, this recipe is definitely from a cookbook, but unfortunately we don’t know which one! If you know which book this is from, please leave a comment so that I can add a link out to it.


  • 125g dried apricots
  • 150ml hot water
  • 125g wholemeal flour (recipe calls for plain, but I used bread)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 75g muscovado sugar
  • 50g chopped almonds
  • 1 egg

Step one: Cut the apricots into small pieces and soak in the hot water overnight. I had a few minutes while the baby was sleeping, so prepared all the dry ingredients at the same time, so that everything would be ready to go the following day.

Step two: Once the apricots have soaked overnight, combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed together

Step three: Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and either rub the paper with butter or you could spray with olive oil spray, which is what I did. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180′ for 50-60 minutes, or until you can stick a toothpick in and not get cake batter all over it on the way out.

Step four: Serve warm or cold, with or without  a thick layer of very good butter.

breastfeeding cake

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  1. Vicji

    March 5, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    What an incredibly thoughtful gift, I shall have to remember this for next time someone I know has a baby.

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