Have been trying all day to get things done but nothing seems to be working out for me. I have a horrible back and neck ache yet again and am just tired of life right now (there, I said it!). I had some respite this morning by having a lovely breakfast out with my friends (who always make me feel better) and had some laughs and made plans for future get-togethers.
Now it’s evening and I feel like cake. I haven’t even had dinner yet but cake is taking precedence in my brain (and later on my thighs, hips etc) so I will have to give in to it and get baking. This recipe is an oldie but a goodie – it never fails and everyone should be able to make a half decent cake with these simple ingredients. It’s a recipe you should remember and keep tucked away in the deep, dark recesses of your baking mind. I’m not re-inventing the wheel here but it’s a good stand-by when you can’t be bothered looking through cookbooks or calling your mother for her favourite recipe (oh don’t pretend you don’t do that!).
So, all you need to do is weigh a couple of eggs and then weigh out the same amount of the other ingredients. For example :
2 eggs = 120g
So you need 120g roughly of butter, same of self-raising flour and caster sugar. Cream the sugar and butter together, then add the flour (alternating it with a bit of milk – about 1/2 cup maybe?) and mix it all up. You can add vanilla essence or whatever flavouring you like. I added lemon juice and lemon rind to mine. If you want a chocolate cake, add sifted cocoa during the flour stage and add a bit of extra milk to compensate for the dryness of the cocoa.
Bung it all in a baking-paper lined tin and bake at 180 degrees celcius for approx 25-30 minutes. Easy peasy. You can obviously make this with 1 egg or 3 eggs or whatever, just weigh out the other ingredients as appropriate.
Well, I’d better go make some dinner so I can justify eating the cake…although, does that need justification?