• 6 oz butter
  • 6 oz sugar
  • 6 oz flour
  • 3 eggs
  • baking power
  • lemon zest & juice
  • orange zest
  • vanilla or vanilla essence
  • mixed spice
  • fruit

Along with a good black cake, a normal “sponge cake” or vanilla cake is served for Christmas. It’s the yellow cake you get in the tray :) Here is a very simple recipe for a home made from scratch cake! There is a trick to this recipe. For every 2 oz butter + 2 oz sugar + 2oz flour there’s one egg. Remember that and you are good to go.


  1. Grease and flour 1 large cake pan or two small ones
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light & fluffy
  3. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each one
  4. Add flavourings – essence etc. as required
  5. Sift flour and baking powder together 4 times
  6. Add in flour, in three batches, mixing lightly after each addition of flour
  7. Put into tin/tins and bake in a moderate oven (350F) for 30 – 35 minutes. The cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before turning out on rack

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