If anybody tells you they can’t bake, then give them this recipe, it’s so quick and so easy and I’m sure everybody could bake it, even a complete beginner at baking. It’s so quick to mix up that you have to put the oven on to preheat about 10 minutes before you start.
The oven was preheated to 160°C (Fan Oven) and a 30 x 23cm traybake tin was lightly greased and the base lined with parchment.
The recipe was an all in one recipe, obviously, it gives that away in the heading! A large mixing bowl was taken down from the shelf and put onto the scales. Into this went 225g softened butter, 225g caster sugar, 275g self-raising flour, 2 level tsp baking powder, 4 large eggs and 4 tablespoons of milk. I must admit at this stage I was surprised to find there was no flavouring – no vanilla essence or lemon rind – wouldn’t this cake be bland?!
As the bowl was nearly full I decided to use the electric hand whisk for this mix (hopefully soon I’ll be the proud owner of a food mixer!). The mixture was beaten until well blended and smooth. It was then turned into the tin and levelled.
How easy was that! Even my husband couldn’t believe I had put a cake in the oven to bake within 10 minutes of going into the kitchen. Even the washing up didn’t take that long – I was beginning to like this recipe.
After 35 minutes I had a look to see if it was ready to come out of the oven. It was, it had started to shrink back from the sides of the tin and when pressed in the centre it sprang quickly back.
The worst part of this recipe was it had to remain in the tin until cooled, so we had to wait a while before we could sample it. Once cooled it was cut into 21 pieces and removed from the tin. The tops of the pieces of cake were sprinkled with icing sugar.
Well, what a surprise the cake was. It was so tasty, very light and very moreish indeed. The whole family thought it was a lovely tasting cake and it certainly didn’t hang around for long. I will definitely be making this again, so quick and so easy! I think this really should have been in the ‘Baking For Children’ section as it’s certainly a cake you could do quickly with young children.
Go on, give it a go…