Monday, February 22, 2010

Baking a Cake...

Last weekend I had the urge to bake a cake after I happened to come across my mother's recipe, which contained some vague instructions like "oven temperature between 180 - 200°C and "baking time 50 - 60 mins". I knew I'd be taking a risk trying it out; after all I'm not the best cook in the world, and cakes I make tend to be stodgy or crumbly. But I felt I had to give baking one last go before I give it up for evermore due to hopeless incompetence.

Luckily, the 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.



  1. The recipe sounds lovely, especially seeing as it is handed down. Thanks for passing it on will try it soon!

  2. Hi Maddie, thanks for stopping by. Yes, this is definitely a "vintage" recipe; either from the war (2nd) or from an early 50s cookbook, which is still at my parents' house in Germany. Will check it out next time I'm there. Sadly, my mother died 9 years ago, so not sure, if I'll discover the true source of this recipe. But at least we know it's "old" ;-)




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