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Have you tried the pline cake?

It’s been a cake-y few days!  On Saturday we went to a colleague’s wedding and I agreed to contribute a cake to be served after the ceremony.  So Project 1 was an enormous chocolate and raspberry cream sandwich.  Sunday was my Dad’s birthday, and we had a ‘bring and share’ tea at his.  My contribution was Project 2, a cheesecake – see here – which made it to its destination and was enjoyed immensely. Project 3 was Dad’s birthday cake, a lovely bakewell tart cake, using this recipe.

Today is the first day of The Bloke’s holiday.  We’re not going away till towards the end of the week but are having some days out, and tomorrow we’re taking a picnic so I decided that it was time for Project 4.  I’m a bit fed up with rich and fancy stuff, and decided on the most simple – plain vanilla cupcakes, no decoration.  They’re so easy, and so delicious, in many ways the perfect comfort food – not least because they’re done and out of the oven in little more than half an hour.

We have just sampled them at their absolute best – straight out of the oven, warm, with a cup of tea.  I urge you – DO try the pline cakes!

Plain Cakes.

100g butter
100g caster sugar
100g SR flour
2 eggs
Drop of vanilla essence

Cream the  sugar and the butter together till pale yellow and smooth.  Add the flour, sieved.  Beat in the eggs and add a drop of vanilla essence.  Split the mix into 12 cake cases (or 6 muffin cases) then bake at gas mark 5 for 20-25 mins or until golden.

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The Easiest Cake Ever.

100g butter

100g caster sugar

100g SR flour

2 eggs

½ tsp vanilla essence

Cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.  Sieve in the flour and add the eggs and the vanilla essence, then whisk with an electric hand whisk.

Spoon into 12 cup cases and bake at gas mark 5 for 20 minutes.

Leave to cool before decorating – use melted chocolate or icing made from icing sugar and a few drops of water (and some food colouring if you wish.)  Add fripperies and stuff – you can’t really over do them or make them too twee – that’s the point.

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