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A family run bakery is set to bring back a traditional Derbyshire cake for the third year running, after selling 7500 of the tasty treats to date



Long Thor-Gotten Cake Hits Shelves For Third Year Running in Ilkeston, Heanor and Eastwood

by Amber Valley Info on Thursday 11 October 2018

A family run bakery is set to bring back a traditional Derbyshire cake for the third year running, after selling 7500 of the tasty treats to date

Stacey’s Bakery, which has both a bakery and shops in Ilkeston, Heanor and Eastwood will re-launch its popular Thor cake on October 11th,  in the run up to Bonfire Night.

Known historically to be baked by Derbyshire locals around November 5, communities would come together and each bring an ingredient, which would then be used to bake the cake as a joint effort. 

The cake which had been forgotten, until Stacey’s Bakery brought it back into circulation in 2016 gets its name from the well-known Viking, Thor.  

It is thought that Thor and the Saxons made Derby one of the five boroughs of Danelaw. Many locals believe that Ilkeston was touched with these influences.

David Stacey, Director of Stacey’s Bakery, said: ‘’People in Ilkeston like tradition and have resisted the supermarket trends. We trialled sales of the cake in 2016 and 2017 and in the first two months of them being made we sold approximately 4500, which totally blew us away.’’

To celebrate the re-launch of the cakes on October 11, Stacey's customers should brace themselves to be greeted by staff members with a touch of Viking attire.

The bakery is set to bake 3500 cakes this year, after already receiving enquiries from customers asking when they will be in stock.

Thor cake is known for its unusual autumnal flavours of ginger and black treacle, those being two of its main ingredients.  The cake also has coriander and demerara sugar mixed into it, the delicious treat is very moreish and boasts an appealing texture.

The bakery has now opened four successful shops since 1934, when its first shop on Bath Street opened. It is well known for its freshly baked bloomer bread and tasty cakes.

For more information on Stacey's Bakery or to visit its online shop, please visit

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