Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cake for Tea

Is there anything better than cake still warm from the oven?
Sponge Cake

This is probably my favorite cake to make.  I think it is the first cake I ever learned to make - a very basic sponge cake.  I copied the recipe from one of my mother's cookbooks when I was in my early teens.  I still have the old note book in which I wrote out the recipe, now rather smudged from frequent use.  The quantities are given in pounds, but when I was at university, I didn't have a scales, so, converted the quantities to cups, which I pencilled in.

This is the cake I always make when I want a quick cake for tea or a snack.  It's made with ingredients that are staples and I almost always have on hand.

The recipe as written down in my note book:

"Cream together 1/4 lb. butter and 1/2 lb. sugar until pale in colour.  Add 2 eggs, one at a time unbeaten, beating well after each addition.  Gradually fold in 1/2 lb. sifted flour with 3 level tsp. baking powder to the mixture with 1/2 cup milk.  Lastly add vanilla essence and salt.  Bake in a moderately hot oven for 30 min.  Serve with jam or butter icing on top."

Sponge Cake Recipe
Do you have a favorite "go to" cake that you make over and over again?


  1. Bless, it's so interesting that you are emotionally connected to most of your activities. I see it as the linch pin of nearly all your posts. Activities of the past seem more important to you than to most. On the other hand, I get comments from my extended family about constantly reaching for a new experience, new activity, new idea, new way of doing routine activities. I'm looking to go to Myanmar much to the admonishment/horror of friends. [haven't told family].
    Thanks for a new perspective on my behaviour.

    1. Hon, that's an interesting observation! But you are right, the past is important to me. I think it's wonderful that you are looking forward to experiencing new things and hope you are able to visit Myanmar.


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