Vanilla Butter Cake

We have had a MyCook Professional 1.8 for a couple of weeks now and have been experimenting with its uses.  Even the kids are having a go.  Last week one of our sons decided he wanted to make a cake.  I thought a tea-cake, something simple, would be in order so I googled to find something I thought he could tackle.  ‘Easy Vanilla Tea Cake’ at came up in the search and true to its name seemed ‘easy’ enough.


  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 450g (3 cups) self-raising flour
  • 150g (1 cup) plain flour
  • 440g (2 cups) caster sugar
  • 300g butter, cubed, at room temperature
  • 310ml (1 1/4 cups) milk
  • 6 eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 tsp vanilla essence

The formal instructions were

Step 1  –  Preheat oven to 140°C. Position a rack on the second lowest shelf of the oven. Brush a round 25cm (base measurement) cake pan with the melted butter to lightly grease.  Line base and sides with non-stick baking paper.

Step 2  –  Place the self-raising flour, plain flour, sugar, butter, milk, eggs and vanilla essence in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric beater to beat on low speed for 30 seconds or until just combined. Increase the speed to high and beat for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is thick and all the butter is incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with the back of a spoon.

Step 3  –  Bake in preheated oven for 2 1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack for 2 hours or until completely cool.

My interpretation  –  Preheat oven, throw all ingredients into the MyCook (which I note was very full, but seemed to cope beautifully), blend until smooth, pour into tin and place in the oven.

The only mistake made was using a tin a little too small (sometimes mothers don’t know best).  Thankfully I realised before putting it in the oven so we fished some of the mixture out and used it to make 4 cupcakes in addition to the large cake.

The result, a very yummy dense, but not heavy, vanilla cake.  It was thoroughy enjoyed by the whole family!


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