Baking a Cake

Baking a CakeYesterday I felt a little glum. No doubt the pouring rain and an unexpected bill contributed to my emotional disposition, but the trick is to do something nurturing and uplifting. So, when I went into the kitchen to make myself yet another cup of coffee, I suddenly had the urge to bake a cake.

The cake I made is my mother’s recipe, which contains some vague instructions like “oven temperature between 180 – 200°C and “baking time 50 – 60 mins”.

I always take a risk when baking a cake; after all I’m not the best cook in the world, and my cakes tend to turn out stodgy or crumbly. But luckily, this cake turned out to be a success, and because it is so simple yet delicious, I would like to share my mother’s recipe with you:

350g self-raising flour
150g unsalted butter
150g sugar
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk (at room temperature)
vanilla essence or vanilla sugar to taste
optional: 1 cup of chopped roasted hazelnuts

First mix the butter, sugar and eggs until creamy and fluffy; at this stage the mixture is still runny. Then add the remaining ingredients gradually until the dough has an even consistency. Put the mixture into a regular sized greased loaf tin and bake in a preheated oven at 190°C for about one hour.

If you’re giving this recipe a go, please do let me know how it turned out for you.

Baking a cake can be therapeutic 😉

Warmest wishes,



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