Sunday, 23 October 2011

Just cake!!! :-)

The first thing I ever baked was a plain vanilla cake.
Simple and Yummy.
My mum used to take cake orders a looong time ago and she always used this recipe. Everyone loved it. Sometimes when she would be busy baking in the kitchen I would go down and watch her. So did my siblings.
We always had an ulterior motive. As soon as she was done with the batter, the three of us kids used to fight over who gets to lick the remaining batter up! The spoons, the mixing bowl...
yes the good ol' days when calories was a word that I hadn't even heard of :-D

For me it was especially nice when mum would add some cocoa to the recipe (for marble or chocolate cake). That was when I would REALLY try and get the mixing bowl which had most of the batter in it!!!
Over the years, this simple recipe has been the most popular.
We sometimes ice it with buttercream or chocolate dropping, but I like it plain.
Plain cake with tea. My favourite :-)

So here I'm going to share the recipe with you.
It's ridiculously easy and NEVER goes wrong. Best of all, it takes a total of an hour maximum from when you enter the kitchen to make the batter to when it comes out of the oven.
Smells amazing, looks amazing and tastes delicious!!

4 eggs
8oz self- raising flour
8oz caster sugar
8oz margarine
Vanilla essence

Preheat the oven at Gas mark 4
Beat the sugar and the margarine with a hand-held mixer until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
Add in the eggs one at a time and carry on mixing it.
Once the mixture is blended in together, add in the flour in additions.
keep mixing it.
Finally, add a few drops of vanilla essence in to the mixture. Mix it a little more and then pour it in to a greased tin. (I usually also line it with Baking parchment).

You can simply add some cocoa to the batter once its all ready to make it chocolatey. Or you could add cocoa to half the mixture and make it into a marble cake.
You choose. :-)

To prevent the cake from being dry, make sure not to over bake it.

Place it in the centre of the oven and let it bake for about 40 minutes. To check when the cake is ready, pierce it with a skewer. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready :-)

This cake is always a winner and everybody enjoys it. Its perfect for birthday cakes or for any occasion!!

Just enjoy :-)


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