A Viking-inspired treat is back on shelves in the UK, due to popular demand. Stacey’s Bakery has once again brought its traditional Thor Cake back into circulation – the four-generation family bakery expecting to make its 17,000th treat sale.
The bakery, which is on Bath Street and South Street in Ilkeston, as well as Heanor and Eastwood, first brought the sweet treat to customers in Derbyshire in 2016, after investigating how it had become virtually obsolete in the area .
Thor Cake, which was traditionally baked on November 5 and helped bring communities together in Derbyshire, is a spiced autumn biscuit with a chewy texture and ginger taste, made with rolled oats, butter and molasses , with coriander and Demerara sugar.
Traditionally eaten on Bonfire Night, the flatter biscuit-style treat is linked to the East Midlands in that local communities would traditionally come together, each bringing an ingredient and baking the cake in a joint effort.
As well as following the custom of recreating the cookie, Stacey’s has now started its own tradition, firmly establishing the run up to November 5 as the sale date for Thor Cakes for the past six years.
“It’s become a bit of a highlight of our baking calendar, as well as something our customers look forward to,” says David Stacey, managing director and great-grandson of bakery founder Guy Stacey. “It’s really popular – so much so that we sell around 2,500 Thor Cakes every year, and given that they’re only available for a limited six-week period, that’s really something.”