Wendi Peters is an English actress best-known for playing Cilla Battersby-Brown in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street. However the soap star has swapped her script for a whisk for this year’s ‘Be a Star, Bake a Cake’ campaign by Bowel Cancer UK. The 49-year-old has shared one of her favourite recipes with the charity – with some interesting secret ingredients! The cake below, with snaps taken by the actress, not only tastes great – but it also contains one of your five-a-day! Yes, really! Read on to find out what…


  • 200g, plain Flour
  • 2 tsps, Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp, Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/4 tsp, Salt
  • 1 tsp, Ground Mixed Spice
  • 1/2 tsp, Ground Cinnamon
  • 200g, Light Brown Sugar
  • 150 ml, Vegetable Oil
  • 3 med Eggs
  • 2 tsps, Vanilla Extract
  • 140g, Iceberg Lettuce (finely shredded)
  • 100g, Raisins
  • 60g, Walnuts (chopped)
  • Icing sugar to decorate


  1. Preheat oven to 180C (170C fan). Grease and flour a 20cm by 30 cm tray bake baking tin (shallow). In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarb of soda, salt, mixed spice and cinnamon. Stir in the sugar and mix well, removing any lumps.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the veg oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Pour onto the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add the lettuce, raisins and walnuts and mix until everything is evenly combined.
  3. Spoon into the prepared tin and spread evenly. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes until it springs back when lightly touched in the centre or a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool and then remove from tin.
  4. Make up some runny icing with icing sugar and water and drizzle over. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts to decorate.