Budgens Celebrates the Love of Sprouts Amongst Scouts

Four members of the local 1st Sandstone Scouts troop created their very own recipe for a Brussels sprout cake this week in Tattenhall, as part of a festive challenge set by their local Budgens retailer. The Scouts were tasked to create a sprouts dish that was less squishy and more scrumptious, to be enjoyed by all at the Christmas dinner table.

Last Tuesday, 3rd December, Assistant Manager of Morton’s Budgens of Tattenhall, Lloyd Palmer celebrated the creation of the 1st Sandstone Scouts Troop’s ‘Sprout Cake’, after retailer Tom Morton tasked them to make the festive vegetable delicious.

To reward the four Scouts for their time and effort that went into baking the ‘Sprout Cake’, also known as Spruitjes Cake, Lloyd Palmer gifted them with four £25 vouchers for their parents to spend on fresh, British meat sold at their local Budgens store, just in time for Christmas dinner.

The four cooks Ollie, Billy, Jake and Connor commented on the baking activity: “We’ve always enjoyed cooking and baking with our parents, and it came in handy last week at our Scout meeting.  We’ve never liked sprouts, but when they’re used to bake a cake, they taste much nicer! 

“We can’t wait for Christmas dinner now, and our mums will be proud to know that our recipe will be shared with local people who shop at Budgens.”

In a bid to get young people loving, rather than loathing Brussels sprouts, Budgens retailer Tom Morton commented on the activity:

 “The 1st Sandstone Scouts have been extremely inventive with their recipe and we hope that it will be a favourite for many in the community.

“With Christmas just around the corner, we are preparing for the Christmas rush in store, and every week we speak to customers who follow their age-old family recipes. Hopefully the sprouts cake will go down in history, and their children and grandchildren will be making it for the Christmas dinner table in years to come.”

The 1st Sandstone Scouts Sprout Cake (Spruitjes Cake) is below:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 360F.
  2. Clean the Brussels sprouts by cutting the ends and remove the dirty outside leaves. Wash and cut them in two or four when they are big. Try to find the small ones because the leaves are packed very tightly together, and they will stay together when you cut them, the big ones will fall apart.
  3. Heat some oil in the pan and bake the sprouts on a medium fire. Cut the garlic and shallot small and toss them together with the Sprouts. Bake until the Sprouts are tender.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, 3/4 shredded Old Amsterdam, pepper and salt.
  5. Mix in another cup the eggs, oil, cream and the milk.
  6. Add the liquid to the flour and stir until you have a smooth mixture.
  7. Add a handful of cashew nuts and the sprouts with the garlic and onion.
  8. Pour the mixture in a well greased cake tin, sprinkle the rest of the old Amsterdam on top and bake for about 30 minutes in the oven.

Ingredients for the Sprouts Cake (Spruitjes Cake) are as follows:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 millilitres olive oil
  • 50 millilitres heavy cream
  • 50 millilitres whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • generously pepper and salt
  • 400 gram Brussels sprouts
  • 1 big shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 handful cashew nuts
  • 60 gram Old Amsterdam (or another aged yellow cheese if you can't find it)


Notes to editor

  • Budgens stores are all locally owned by independent retailers


  • Budgens retailers believe that food tastes better when it’s fresh. Budgens has been named Fresh Produce Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards for six consecutive years 2008-2013


  • Founded by John Budgen in 1872, Budgens is believed to be one of the oldest retail brands in Great Britain


  • Initially a small, local grocer, the company has expanded over time. The Budgens name appears on a number of stores throughout the South of England, establishing a reputation for servicing the local communities with quality products


  • In 2002, Budgens became part of the Musgrave Group and most of the stores were sold to independent retailers who remain in partnership with Budgens to provide good quality food at great value

About Morton’s Budgens of Tattenhall

  • Morton’s Budgens of Tattenhall is situated at 12 High Street, Tattenhall, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9PX
  • Morton’s Budgens of Tattenhall is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mortonsbudgens?filter=3
  • The store’s opening hours are: Mon - Sat: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm and Sun: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm


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