reliable, versatile cake that can be made in stages and tastes great, goes a long way and stays fresh for atleast 4 days (if any left!)


  • 250g butter( dairy free margarine if any dairy allergies)

  • 2 cups water

  • 2.5 -3 cups of raw sugar

  • 4 cups s.r flour

  • 4 eggs

  • 1/2 tsp bi carb

  • 1 tspvanilla, 2 tablespoon of jam

  • or leave out jam and add two mashed banana,1tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp mace or nutmeg at second stage,

  • or add 3 tbs cocoa and, 1tspvanilla and 2 tbsp jam


  • 1.

    In a large sauce pan put butter, water, sugar and bicarb. bring to boil and then let gently simmer for 3-5 mins.

  • 2.

    Leave to cool ( 5 hours later is just fine!) if you have used a large pot for first stage you can add other ingredients to this and save yourself dishes.

  • 3.

    and then add wet ingredients first eg: eggs (lightly beaten), vanilla, and banana if adding. then dry ingredients - sifted flour and other dry ingredients if adding cocoa.

  • 4.

    Mix well and then pour into a lined baking dish and cook for 45 mins on 180 celcius. if fan forced check it at 35- 40 mins

  • 5.

    This cake can be iced by spreading top of cake with butter when fresh out of oven and then spreading a mix of sugar and cinnamon over the top.

  • 6.

    This cake is solid enough to make castles, teddybears, turtles and whatever creature has captured your child's imagination at birthday time.


I have melted butter, water etc early in morning and completed 2nd stage at 8pm at night when children in bed. As it doesnt take hours to cook its ready by bed time. It's a basic, quick to make cake that doesnt create a load of dishes.

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