Vanilla butter cake

A good basic, light cake that is perfect as a base for kids' birthday cakes. It is also nice plain or with cream and berries.

  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking
  • Serves 9
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Vanilla butter cake
  • 125 gram butter, chopped
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup self-raising flour


Vanilla butter cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to moderate (180°C/160°C fan-forced). Grease deep 19cm-square cake pan; line base with baking paper.
  • 2
    Combine butter and milk in small saucepan, stir over heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
  • 3
    Beat eggs and extract in small bowl with electric mixer until thick and creamy; gradually add sugar, beat until dissolved between each addition.
  • 4
    Transfer mixture to large bowl, stir in half the sifted flour and half the butter mixture, then remaining flour and remaining butter mixture.
  • 5
    Pour into pan; bake about 45 minutes. Stand cake in pan 5 minutes; turn, top-side up, onto wire rack to cool. Dust cold cake with sifted icing sugar, if desired.

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