The World’s Easiest Cake

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I had to share this recipe with you all, as it’s one of my very favourite cakes, and I happened to make it twice over the weekend. I first shared this recipe on an old joint blog I used to write, Old Fashioned Girls, and one of its former readers, Merenia, reminded me of its existence on twitter the other day (great to hear you like it so much, Merenia!). This is probably the easiest cake recipe you’ll ever come across, as essentially all you do is throw the (minimal) ingredients in a bowl, give them a stir and then bung the cake tin in the oven. Definitely my kind of recipe!

I brought this cake to a dinner party as a ‘thank you’ for my friend on Friday, and then I baked it again to serve to a friend who came for tea on Saturday (freezing the leftovers to bring along to a picnic on Friday). It’s definitely a cake for many occasions! Without further ado, then, here’s the recipe:

Easy Madeira Cake
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Serves: 4
 
The world's easiest cake!

Ingredients
  • 180g self-raising flour
  • 150g caster sugar (plus some to decorate)
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Grand Marnier (optional)
  • zest and juice of 1 orange
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150 ° Fan (170°C) and grease and base-line a 1lb loaf tin.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a large bowl and mix until just smooth (be careful not to over mix). Pour the batter into the prepared tin, level the top and sprinkle with sugar.
  3. Bake for about an hour, or until risen and firm to the touch (for me, it took 45 minutes to bake). Leave to rest in the tin for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool and sprinkling more sugar on top.

I also often make this recipe with the zest and juice of 1 lemon, rather than an orange, and then I replace the teaspoon of Grand Marnier with a teaspoon of limoncello. Both versions are rather scrumptious! This cake is light and moist and goes especially well with a nice cup of tea and a good book (or friend to chat with).

What’s your favourite easy cake recipe? Are you a fan of nice plain cakes like me, or do you generally prefer something a little fancier?

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