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Basic vanilla cake

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Serves 1 - 15 Cakes

Makes yummy traditional style cakes, easily adaptable.

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  • 125g Butter
  • 125g Caster Sugar
  • 125g Self Raising Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1tsp Vanilla Essence


    1. Preheat the oven to 195C/fan 175C/gas 3.5
    2. Cream the butter and sugar together until it becomes a pale yellow/white colour.
    3. Sift in the flour and baking powder. Then add the eggs and vanilla essence. Fold together until it is all combined.
    4. Place the mixture in to greased tins or cupcake cases.
    5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and springs back when gently pressed. Once baked leave to cool for 30 minutes.

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Elizabeth Hayden
23rd Feb, 2018
Made it and it went well. I did lemon drizzle icing, so maybe that added moisture to the cake that wouldn't have been there otherwise, but it tasted absolutely amazing! My flatmates and I love the cake. It didn't rise much but I don't have an electric whisk so maybe there wasn't enough air in it to begin with.
5th Aug, 2017
This is a really bad recipe do not make it. I made some alteration to it because it started to look like biscuit dough which improved it a it bit but overall the cake still turned out very dry and I wouldn't recommend this recipe to anyone.
17th Jun, 2017
My 10 year old daughter made this by herself and it turned out amazingly only thing is it didn't rise that well in the middle though. Still it's a great easy recipe for young bakers
28th Oct, 2016
This recipe helped my 9 year old daughter and I to make a really scrumptious cake. We put chocolate buttercream on top... but the cake on its own was very moist and tasty.
27th May, 2016
You could just use plain flour with baking powder instead.That's what i'm gonna do!=]=]=]=]
15th Nov, 2015
DO NOT MAKE THIS.... It looks like cookie dough and DOES NOT RISE AT ALLLL!!!! It is disgusting and not worth the time xx
9th Nov, 2015
This is a simple and delicious recipe. I've made two large novelty birthday cakes with this now and both times I got lots of lovely comments about how tasty and moist the cake was. I was using Duchy self-raising flour was dubious about adding the baking powder for the same reason as the commentor below but I followed the measurements and mine turned out perfectly.
7th Nov, 2015
There is so much wrong with this recipe. There is no milk in it so it would be dry, it calls for baking powder AND self-rising flour which has baking powder in it and the the temp is way too high.
26th Mar, 2015
I tried this cake.. Unfortunately it turned out BITTER.. :( due to EXCESS BAKING POWDER.. When i was preparing i had doubt about this but still i made this.. Self rising flour it self has baking powder I don't understand why recipe says more baking powder.
27th May, 2016
That's true.I was making a get well soon cake 4 my cousin and it turned out weird...={
27th May, 2016
Should I use plain flour instead of self-raising flour with the baking powder? When I used self-raising flour with baking powder it tasted bitter...
5th Aug, 2017
I read the reviews while I was making it so I decided to change it up a bit. I used 5 eggs to moisten it up a bit and I swapped out the vanilla extract for vanilla sugar which turned out alright(ish).
23rd Apr, 2016
I made this last minute and only read the comments as I was making it. I added 3 tbsp of milk and a dash more vanilla. Came out tasting nice after around 22 mins but hasn't risen much. Think needs smaller tin and make as a Sandwich sponge