Basic butter cake
( MAKES 20cm cake or 12-15 muffins )
Photo by Tam West
Very adaptable, this basic butter cake mix is handy to have in your repertoire. Simply add vanilla extract for vanilla cake, cocoa to make chocolate cake, coffee to make coffee cake — or both to make mocha. As we have done here, it's handy for muffins too. We have decorated ours with slivered almonds.
- Preheat oven to 180C. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, incorporating well after each addition.
- Add any chosen flavours, such as vanilla extract, cocoa to make chocolate cake, coffee to make coffee cake or both to make mocha, etc. Fold in flour.
- Pour into a greased, lined 20cm cake tin and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Or pour into muffin tins and bake for 20-30 minutes.