Definition of Eccles cake in English:

Eccles cake


  • A round flat cake of sweetened pastry filled with currants.

    • ‘My server appeared and recited the specials for the night, but I already knew what I wanted: parsley salad with roasted bone marrow to start, then a whole Middlewhite boar, followed by a score of Eccles cakes.’
    • ‘With 20 minutes to wait for our coach home, we succumbed to the lure of an Eccles cake each and, as we stood eating them, a lovely lady on a nearby stall invited us to sit with her.’
    • ‘Talking of pies, don't go to a chippie - go to a proper Northern bakery and get a custard or an Eccles cake while you are there.’
    • ‘Quintessentially British and loved by everyone I know, Eccles cakes can't fail to impress if you serve them with a really good cheese as dessert.’
    • ‘En route they have stopped to nibble their rucksack staples cheese and pickle sandwiches for two plus Eccles cakes for afters.’
    • ‘The problem with shop-bought Eccles cakes is they are often dry with pastry that sticks to the roof of your mouth and the filling is more stodge than fruit.’
    • ‘We now sell sandwiches, ready meals, specialist jams, Eccles cakes, game - we are the cooked meat specialists!’
    • ‘Meanwhile, hopes of restoring a colourful mural of 100 years in the town's history, including bakers with trays of Eccles cakes, have hit a brick wall.’
    • ‘They continue to be indispensable ingredients for such items as spotted dick, Eccles cakes, and Scottish black bun.’
    • ‘And there's no bread in Diggory's shop, so the chubby baker has just tried to palm him off with some Eccles cakes.’
    • ‘By five o'clock I am on my second Eccles cake of the afternoon and still have to climb Mam Tor, the ‘shimmering mountain’, which rises 1500 feet above sea level.’
    • ‘Sally Lunn's buns are perhaps not as well known as Bakewell tart, Richmond maids of honour and Eccles cakes but that is because they never appear outside their home town.’


Named after the town of Eccles near Manchester, England.


Eccles cake

/ˈɛk(ə)lz keɪk/