I had planned on naming a few more of my chooks today but it was way too cold to venture outside this morning taking photos.
So, I decide to BAKE instead.
This recipe is anything other than plain (as the title suggests). It is my base recipe for many a delight I have whipped up in the kitchen.
2/3 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teasp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sr flour
Beat butter and Sugar until light and fluffy
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well in between
Add flour and milk alternately and mix lightly
Pour mixture into a greased cake tin
Bake in a moderate oven for approx 35 minutes
Spread with Icing -
Today - Passionfruit Icing (because I have 2 ripe passionfruits,Yeh!)
Two passionfruits, approx 1 cup of icing sugar and a dash of water, mix to make a nice smooth icing.
Variations: This is the exciting part!
Orange Cake (Hubby's favourite)
Reduce milk to 1/4 cup and add 1/4 cup of orange juice and add grated rind from one orange
Ice with orange butter icing - 2 cups icing sugar, 2 tab butter, 1 - 2 tab orange juice, grated orange rind. Beat Well
Add 1 tab instant coffee dissolved in small amount of water
Ice with coffee butter icing - 2 cups icing sugar, 2 tab butter and small amount of dissolved instant coffee, depending on taste approx 1 - 2 teaspoons. Sprinkle with chopped Walnuts.
Other Variations I have made:
Sultana Cake - Add 3/4 cup sultanas to cake mix.
No need to ice.
Great easy recipe for Patty Cakes, just pour mixture into patty pan cases instead of a cake tin, you may have to reduce cooking time slightly though. I think it makes about 1 doz.
It can also be used to make a nice warm Pudding, just pour mixture on top of Stewed fruit (Apples, Apricots, Peaches, Rhubarb & Apple, Mulberries etc...) and bake.
Serve warm with cream or ice-cream
Chocolate icing sprinkled with coconut
Pink or plain icing sprinkled with sprinkles, 100's & 1000's
Topped with cherries, grated chocolate, the sky is the limit!
So you see, this Plain Cake is not really that Plain at all!
What would you do with this Cake?