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5 Super Easy Cake Recipes for Beginners

Updated on February 24, 2014

Expert Tip:

Before baking a cake for any special occasion, get to know your oven. Ovens vary in temperature, and thermostats and thermometers are not always correct. Make a mental note of the worst and best results, and learn by experience.

The thought of baking a cake can sometimes be over whelming. However, these cake recipes are really easy and are perfect for the beginner. So time to get baking! Remember practice makes perfect! Enjoy!

Victoria Sponge Sandwich

Ingredients:

4ozs. Margarine or Butter

4ozs. Caster Sugar

4ozs. Self Raising Flour (or Plain Flour and 1 Level Tsp Baking Powder)

2 Large Eggs

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees/ 325 Fahrenheit. Grease two 7 inch tins or one 8 inch tin and line the base with a round of paper.
  2. Cream the margarine and sugar until very light. Add one egg and a tsp of flour and beat well. Add the second egg and another tsp of flour and continue beating.
  3. Sift in the remaining flour through a good, large sieve and fold in lightly. If two small eggs have been used, fold in two tsp of milk or warm water.
  4. Bake for 40 min, if all in one tin, or 15-20 min if in two tins.
  5. When cooked, turn out and leave to cool. Once cooled, decorate with strawberry jam and buttercream icing or fresh cream and berries.

Plain White Cake

Ingredients:

8ozs. Self Raising Flour (or Plain Flour and 1 Level Tsp Baking Powder)

4ozs. Margarine

4ozs. Caster Sugar

½ ozs. Lard

2 Eggs (or 1 Egg and a little Milk)

½ tsp Vanilla Essence

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees/ 325 Fahrenheit. Grease a 7 inch tin and line the base with a round of paper.
  2. Rub the margarine and lard into the sifted flour. Add the sugar. Whisk the two eggs until frothy, if one egg is used, whisk and then add a little milk.
  3. Stir the egg and vanilla essence into the flour beating lightly. Bake for an hour to an hour and 10 min.

This cake is suitable for cutting into layers and filling.

Madeira Cake

Ingredients:

4ozs. Margarine or Butter

4ozs. Caster Sugar

6ozs. Self Raising Flour (or Plain Flour and 1 Level Tsp Baking Powder)

2 Large Eggs

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees/ 325 Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf tin and line the base with a round of paper.
  2. Cream the margarine and sugar until very light. Add one egg and a tsp of flour and beat well. Add the second egg and another tsp of flour and continue beating.
  3. Sift in the remaining flour through a good, large sieve and fold in lightly. If two small eggs have been used, fold in two tsp of milk or warm water.
  4. Bake for 40 minuets. When cooked, turn out and leave to cool. When cool, decorate with glace icing.

Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

8ozs. Self Raising Flour (or Plain Flour and 1 Level Tsp Baking Powder)

2ozs. Cocoa

7ozs. Caster Sugar

4ozs. Lard

1 Egg

¼ pt. Milk

½ tsp Vanilla Essence

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees/ 325 Fahrenheit. Grease an 8 inch tin and line the base with a round of paper.
  2. Sift the flour and cocoa twice. Rub in the lard. Add the sugar and stir in the beaten egg, milk and vanilla essence to the soft mixture.
  3. Bake for 1 hour and 15 min.

This cake is suitable for cutting into layers and filling.

Light Fruit Cake

Ingredients:

4ozs. Margarine or Butter

4ozs. Caster Sugar

6ozs. Self Raising Flour (or Plain Flour and 1 Level Tsp Baking Powder)

2 Large Eggs

4- 6ozs. Raisins

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees/ 330 Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf 5 inches by 3 inches tin and line the base with a round of paper.
  2. Cream the margarine and sugar until very light. Add one egg and a tsp of flour and beat well. Add the second egg and another tsp of flour and continue beating until light but do not allow the mixture to curdle.
  3. Sift in the remaining flour through a good, large sieve and fold in lightly together with the raisins.
  4. Bake for about one hour until firm to touch.

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      Elena 

      2 years ago

      Hi, I notice some of the recipes say 'Lard' is this the 'Pork' fat or are you referring to 'Shortening?'

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      FF 

      3 years ago

      hi..tried madeira cake today...its excellent..thank you very much for great tasting yet easy recipe!

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      4 years ago

      All these cake recipes sound good and they seem pretty simple and easy enough to make, which is great for those that are new to baking. The images really make these cakes look delicious and tasty. The chocolate cake and the Victoria sponge sandwich looks particularly good.

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