So i’m a bit of an avid baker, and whilst pregnant and on maternity leave I was baking cakes every week (and definitley adding to the pregnancy weight gain!) but now my baby girl is here, and i’m sure others would agree – that it is very hard to get any time to do anything when you have a baby, let alone bake a cake! So I thought I would share with you my super quick cake recipe, that can be tweaked to incorporate different flavours, yet still takes only around 10 minutes to prepare.
200g golden caster sugar (can use normal caster sugar if you prefer)
200g butter – softened
4 beaten eggs
200g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
Beat all the ingredients together until you have a smooth batter.
You can either divide into 2 tins so you have a sandwich cake an bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden (at 170 degrees – fan oven), or why not add the mixture into a loaf tin and bake for around 40 mins – until golden and a skewer comes out clean.
Now that was the recipe for the plain cake, perfect for a Victoria sponge – but if you fancy trying something different and adding in extra flavours, here are some ideas:
Lime & Coconut – add in zest of 2 limes and 50g desicated coconut to the mixture. When cake is cooked, prick the top and spoon over the juice of 2 limes, mixed with 1 tbsp sugar for a crunchy zesty topping.
Raspberry & white chocolate – add in chunks of white chocolate, and some fresh raspberries to the mixture.
Lemon – adding the zest of 1 lemon. When cake is cooked, prick the top and spoon over the juice 1 lemon, mixed with 1 tbsp sugar for a crunchy zesty topping.
Chocolate chip – add in chocolate chips to the mixture, you could add in white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate for a triple chocolate mix!
Banana – mush up 2 ripe bananas and add to the mix. You could also add some chocolate chips for a banana and chocolate chip cake.