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gur cake

n. An Irish confection consisting of a thick layer of fruit-based filling between two thin layers of pastry.

Gur cake

Gur cake is a pastry confection traditionally associated with Dublin, Ireland. Known as chester cake in other areas, and gudge or donkey's gudge in Cork, it is similar to what is termed flies graveyard in parts of the UK, and consists of a thick layer of filling between two thin layers of pastry. The filling is a dark brown paste, containing a mixture of cake/bread crumbs, dried fruits (sultana raisins etc.), and a sweetener/binder. It has traditionally been a cheap confection, made from bakery leftovers.

Its name is thought to be a contraction of "gurrier cake". Children who skipped school were known as gurriers and the act of skipping school became known as to be 'on the gur'. Gur cake being made of leftovers was one of the cheaper item in bakeries and as such all they could afford.

In bakeries, it is typically sold cut into squares of about 8 cm by 3 cm thick.

In Dublin, Gur cake is regarded as symbolic of working-class areas, being highlighted in books such as Gur Cake and Coal Blocks (1976) by historian √Čamonn Mac Thom√°is.