Recipe: the easiest cake in the world

I start this brief post with an admission: I’m in a major rut at the moment. Writing is a struggle, reading is a struggle, baking is a struggle – heck, doing anything is a struggle. I won’t bore you by speculating as to the reasons for this, but I mention it by way of an excuse for the sheer simplicity of the recipe I’m about to share. This cake is no effort at all to make. It’s so easy, in fact, that I don’t even need to bother with my usual step-by-step instructions and photos.


You will need

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 200g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 eggs
  • Icing sugar
  • Hundreds and thousands

You literally just mix all the ingredients except the icing sugar and hundreds and thousands together in a food mixer (cream the sugar and butter together first if you’re doing it by hand), spread it out in a lined rectangular roasting tin and bake for 15 minutes (or until golden on top) at 150 degrees (fan oven). Ice in a colour of your choice with icing sugar and water mixed so that it’s not too runny. Top with hundreds and thousands and cut into squares. Perfect with a cup of tea. :)

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