Description

Using a dozen simple rules for cooking a basic butter cake, you'll be a baker in no time.

Ingredients

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Butter icing, to decorate
  • Strawberry jam, to decorate
  • White icing flours, to decorate

Instructions

  1. Before starting, make sure all ingredients eggs, milk and butter are at room temperature. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line the base of two 20cm round cake pans.
  2. Use an electric mixer to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Add the flour and milk, alternating, in batches, until just combined. Divide mixture evenly among the prepared pans and use the back of a spoon or small palate knife to smooth the surface. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centres comes out clean.
  4. Remove from oven and cool in pan for about five minutes before turning on to a wire rack to cool completely. Place one cake on a serving platter. Spread with icing and jam, if desired. Top with remaining cake and decorate with more icing and icing flowers.