Nothing like a good home-baked cake. This one is really simple, but tastes great.


  • 250g softened butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups SR flour (for plain cake) or 2½ cups SR flour and ½ cup cocoa (for chocolate cake)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Get the oven cranking at 180 C before you start. Get all the ingredients to room temperature (stick the eggs into some lukewarm water to speed this up).It’s a pretty simple recipe, to be fair. Combine everything into a large bowl, stir it all together, then give it a good mix. Put the mixture into two greased cake tins, and shove in in the oven for about 20-30 minutes. After 20 minutes do the knife test (ie stab it with a knife – if it comes out clean, it passes the test), or look for the cake coming away from the sides of the baking tin. Do not overcook it, or it will taste like a brick instead of a light and fluffy cake. The mixture can be frozen for later use if you only want one cake.

Brush some melted butter over the cooked cake and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Chocolate icing (for chocolate cake version)

Add two tablespoons of cocoa to ¼ slab butter and beat well. Add icing sugar one tablespoon at a time until the mixture becomes very thick and hard to mix. Add boiled water one teaspoon at a time until the mixture becomes a spreadable consistency, then add a dash of vanilla.