butter cake

apologies to those who read – mainly but especially and singularly smoo – been busy trying to unearth a snow. sometimes its hard to get everything done in a day so naturally my response to that is to get nothing done. nothing at all. but once, some days ago, i did manage to make this cake. without wanting to get all sentimental i will just say this is the cake of my growing up – its my grandmothers or her mothers or some such. its the epitome of cake – the very embodiment of what i think of when i think of cake. butter sugar eggs flour. bit of crappy cocoa powder too. its from the olden world of yesteryear. and to that end i didnt use any electrical means of making. i used sheer strength of arms and force of will. and this cake is sublime. not unlike like the melancholy and intimacy of these vocals… VOTE EARLY VOTE OFTEN.


125g butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs


1 1/2 cups self raising flour

3 tbsp milk (this ingredient, has over time, turned into 3 tbsp of double cream. i dont like it. i prefer the milk because i like the austerity of it all.)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

preheat oven to 160 degrees. butter and flour a cake tin. cream butter and sugar til pale and light. add the vanilla and the eggs one at a time and beat. then sift in the flour til it looks like this –

put about 3/4 of this mixutre into your cake tin (i used mini ones but its not trad so i would suggest a larger vessel.)

then mix the cocoa powder into the remaining mixture

then fill up the cake tin with the chocolate mixture thusly

put it into the oven for about 50 minutes. take it out and let it cool a bit before removing it from its tin. smells and tastes like heaven. poor photography doesnt begin to describe….


8 Responses to “butter cake”

  1. 1 smoo November 2, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Aaaaaah. When all else fails – gugelhupf. Satisfaction guaranteed. Welcome back.

  2. 2 jo November 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm


    This is the ‘Hupf of champions.

    duly noted is smoo’s lack of connexion to my career’s kick start.
    for one with an iPad this is MOST UNLIKE SMOO.

    that being said, i think this is the baked product to welcome Joseph into our humble fold with.

    that is, if we can keep Boot’s grubby digits off it for long enough (my Boots of course, not the soft, smooth and sweetly scented with talcum powdered hands of Father Bill). perhaps we can throw him off the scent for long enough, if and only if we bang up a batch of jam fancies.

    Oh it’s been too long. I’ve so much to say and only 11% of battery to say it.

    I’m fading fast and may not be around much longer. The Californian waves call to me but I’m not an idiot I’m not going near them. At LAX I saw the semi-famous girl who became so by surfing these very waves and getting her arm bitten off by a hungry denizen of the sea.


  3. 3 smoo November 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    All points taken and under active consideration. I’m grateful to the blogwriter extraordinaire for the hint of/link to the kickstart – communication of all sorts is always welcome and has been pursued successfully. Well done on all fronts. One and all. In the meantime, we should all avoid the big waves and bigger jaws and pause to recharge our batteries before the very silly season hits us. This wonderful cake will feature prominently.

  4. 4 smoo November 6, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Guess who told me that if one starts an Advent Calendar today, one will finish it in perfect time to start an actual December Advent Calendar? Surely not someone who should be devoting 100% of her time to the immenent, oppresive exams? Food for thought…

  5. 6 JJ November 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    somewhere back there i got myself all mixed up with swimming pools. luckily it got no sharks, or waves for that matter. but no cake neither, nor any talk of or about cake. the best we have is a man we call buckwheat who doesn’t say much except for his few words about his morning and afternoon pop tarts. i miss it here. more, please…

  6. 7 Smoo November 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Pools or no pools, cake in December is guaranteed. Bring it on. Soon. But don’t bring Buckwheat. Customs frowns strongly upon such imports.

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