So you need to bake a cake, but you don’t have much time. You might need to bake and decorate it once you have gotten home from a long day in the office. Alas, here is a quick and easy cake that you can bake whilst you are having your dinner, and decorate afterwards.
Apologies for the lack of photos for this post. I needed to bake it quickly so had no time to take pictures until the end.
12oz Baking Margarine
12oz Caster Sugar
12oz Self Raising Flour
2tsp Vanilla Extract
Preheat your oven to 150°C/300°F/ Gas Mark 2.
Cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in your eggs (remembering to add in a table spoon of your flour at the same time to avoid your mixture splitting). Bring together and add the remaining flour. Finally, add in your vanilla extract and combine.
Line 2x 7 inch round sandwich tins with greaseproof paper. Split the cake mixture evenly into both cake tins and bake for about an hour.
Now go and sit down and eat your dinner / have a cuppa or check those work emails one last time (I know you do), whilst your cake bakes.
Once cooked, pop onto a wire rack and take the cakes out of the tins – being very careful to not burn yourself, this will allow your cakes to cool quicker. Leave for about 30 minutes, or longer if you can, then once cooled you can begin decorating.
Now, here is the cheats method. On your way home, pick up a pot of Betty Croker’s frosting! They do lots of different flavours and they are really delicious. Of course I try to make everything from scratch, but lets face it, sometimes time doesn’t allow us to, so cheat – go on, I won’t tell.
For this cake, I used the chocolate fudge frosting. Using a palette knife, spread some icing on your board and place the base of the cake on top. Putting a tiny amount of icing on your board will stop the cake from sliding if you need to travel with the cake (think of taking it on the train and weaving in and out of those commuters). Put a generous amount of frosting in the middle of the cake, then spread more frosting on the top and round all the sides making sure that you cover the entire cake. One pot of Betty Croker should cover up to an 8 inch cake. Using your palette knife, smooth round the top and sides as much as you can.
The cake looks great as it is, however if you want to add any decoration, rock out. For my cake, I used chocolate strand sprinkles for the sides and then crushed two Galaxy Ripple bars for the top.
Then there you have it, a very quick cheats cake that is yummy and a real crowd pleaser. Enjoy!