Basic Essence Cake

Basic Essence Cake

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This cake is absolutely simple and absolutely delicious. The batter should look like smooth whisked butter, don't overmix it. You can use another kind of essence if you can't find butternut.


Serves: 16 

  • 3 cups (435g) self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 570g butter
  • 3 cups (600g) white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon butternut essence, optional
  • 1 cup (235ml) milk

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 25cm ring tin.
  2. Sift together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla and butternut essence.
  4. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared cake tin.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 80 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Let cool in the cake tin for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

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