Basic Vanilla Cake

  • Serves: 5 people
  • Prep Time: 50 minutes



  1. Heat the oven to 180°C (gas mark 4).
  2. Lightly grease a round cake tin with a little extra butter or margarine and cut a piece of greaseproof paper or non-stick baking parchment to fit the base of the tin.
  3. Put all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and beat with a wooden spoon or a hand-held mixer for 1 minute. You can also mix in a food processor. It's important not to beat the batter too much - just long enough to make it smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the tin, smooth the top and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for about 45-50 minutes. The cake is cooked when it looks well risen and golden; the top should spring back when lightly touched with a fingertip. Another test is to insert a skewer or a clean knife into the center of the cake - it should come out clean
  5. Let the cake sit in the tin for 20 minutes, to cool
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