Baking a Cake

As we have had so much snow and it's cold and miserable outside, I stayed in most of yesterday. I thought I would bake a cake. I love baking. It's really quite relaxing. I was pleased with how my sponge turned out. It sometimes isn't great. I was going to try and make a fancy cake from Pinterest, but nothings better than a sponge cake with a bit of cream and jam. I pretty much use the same recipe every time. Thought I'd share it with you. It makes one deep 8in cake or two 1 1/2 in deep 8in cakes. If cooking in two shallow pans decrease cooking time to 30-35min.

My Perfect Sponge-

  • 6oz self-raising flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 rounded tsp baking powder
  • 6oz of very soft butter
  • 6oz caster sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla extract 

  1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 3 (170C/325F).
  2. Take a large mixing bowl, sift in the flour and baking powder. Hold the sift high to get lots of air in. Now all you do is add all the other ingredients to the bowl and mix with hand mixer till smooth, about one minute. You can mix with a spoon too, but it may take longer.  
  3. Now put your mixture into your cake tin. Level out and place in the center on your oven. Cook for 45-55 min. Do not open the oven until at least 30 min. 
  4. To test whether your cakes are cooked or not you can either touch the center lightly with a finger and if it leaves no impression and springs back they are ready or stick a cocktail stick or sharp knife into the center and if it comes out clean it's done. 
  5. Next, remove from the oven and let cool for five min. Then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Allow to cool fully before decorating. 

The icing I used is a simple butter cream. 75grams of butter and 175grams of icing sugar. Mix with a blender until smooth, then add a few drops of vanilla extract and some milk if until it's smooth. Simple. Hope you enjoy.

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