|Alternative names||Squashed Fly Cake, Fly Cake, Fly Pie|
|Place of origin||England|
|Region or state||Eccles, Greater Manchester|
|Main ingredients||Flaky pastry, butter, currants|
|Cookbook: Eccles cake Media: Eccles cake|
Name and origin
Eccles cakes are named after the English town of Eccles. It is not known who invented the recipe, but James Birch is credited with being the first person to sell Eccles cakes commercially, which he sold from his shop at the corner of Vicarage Road and St Mary's Road, now Church Street, in the town centre in 1793.
Eccles cakes do not have Protected Geographical Status, so may be manufactured anywhere and still labelled as "Eccles" cakes.
The Blackburn cake is similarly named after the town of Blackburn, Lancashire using stewed apples in place of currants.
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- Webb, Sam (23 May 2013). "Fire brigade issue warning after rise in kitchen blazes caused by overheating Eccles Cakes". The Daily Mail.