Are you keeping up with the latest season of The Great British Bake Off? To celebrate, and get prepared for the holiday season, we invite you to bake along with us, Appalachian style! Every Friday in November we’ll be sharing a recipe from the Foxfire Archives for you to add to your baking repertoire. Bake the recipe and tag #FoxfireBakeAlong, or post your photo below!

Our first recipe is for Scotch Cake, found in The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery. This warm, spicy cake gets wrapped in a thick, fluffy frosting studded with pecans and coconut, sure to be a centerpiece at any gathering!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Icing for Scotch Cake (recipe follows)


Combine flour and sugar. Mix butter, oil, cocoa, and water in a saucepan; bring to a rapid boil and pour into flour and sugar mixture. Mix well. Add buttermilk, eggs (one at a time), soda, cinnamon, and vanilla. Mix well. Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-inch layer pans or a greased and floured 9×13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. When cool, frost.


Icing for Scotch Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 6 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 box confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flaked coconut


Cream together butter and cocoa. Add milk and vanilla. Stir in confectioners sugar and mix thoroughly. Last add pecans and coconut.