PERFECT PLAIN CAKE

PERFECT PLAIN CAKE

This is how my food and nutrition teacher aka home economics madame taught me how to make cake many years ago. I have made cake like this umpteen times before I started corrupting my batter with all kinds of flavours and ingredients like coconutcarrotapple and even pumpkin. Today, I am going back to basics. Back to where the cake craze began. Back to the perfect plain cake I have baked with or without an oven.

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Back in the day, I will pour sand into a large pot and heat it up on a three-stone fireside which is the traditional cooking place in Cameroon. That heated sand in a pot was my DIY oven. I will then mix my batter and bake my way into stardom. Everyone in our home and including our neighbours will be “campaigning” to eat some. After feeding them I will wrap the leftovers and hide far away somewhere to serve my dad after his evening meal, to serve guests or to just enjoy!

Oh memories!

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I love this plain cake, as simple and unadorned as it is. It is what my taste buds knew as cake right from. It is slightly airy, sweet but not overwhelmingly sweet. It is perfect!

Friends, this post and video were supposed to be published last Saturday but I had a crazy busy week and couldn’t get them in on time. So sorry about the delay.

5 from 3 votes
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Perfect Plain Cake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 5 mins
 

A super simple basic cake recipe than even a baking novice can bake!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 368 kcal
Author: Precious Nkeih
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose sifted flour (320 grams)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 10 tablespoons margarine (or butter)
  • 1 cup liquid milk (whole, skim or evaporated)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Oil a baking pan (8 by 2 inch) and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Beat all eggs in another bowl then add to the sugar and margarine mixture, add in vanilla and beat well.

  4. Add in half of the flour, the nutmeg and baking powder and mix until well incorporated. Add in the remaining flour and mix well.

  5. Finally, add in the milk and mix until evenly distributed in the batter.

  6. Pour the batter into prepared cake pan and bake for about 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  7. Enjoy!

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24 Comments


  1. Thought I was the only one who did food and nutrition back then. Though I’m not crazy for cakes, this is one of my favs. Love it sis

  2. Lol at ‘corrupting young batter’ I studied food and nutrition too! I loved those days, trying and failing recipes is always so much fun.

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  3. Ohhh. Home Economics teacher!
    i learnt this method too.. including using the sand on the stove.

    This genuinely made my mouth water even though I’m not a hugeee cake fan. Just maybe I’ll make some this Christmas.

    http://www.KacheeTee.com


  4. Yeah! I like plain cakes most times. The icing and all the gooey decorating stuff can be a bit too much sometimes.
    At times, even when I have a party, I would rather buy the plain cake. Tastes amazing and my guests get to eat cake, not half cake, half icing which they throw away most times.
    It’s like I am the only one that didn’t do Food and Nutrition. Lol.
    Hi dearie! Waves.

    • I totally feel you, Bisi.
      I remove the icing from the cake when I go to a party and I’m served cake. It is usually TOO sweet.
      You didn’t do Food and Nutrition? What then did you study??? Lol
      Waving back at ya!

  5. Hey Pre,
    Food & Nutrition was fun, i still have wonderful memories of the cookery lab in QRC Okoyong with Rev Sr Una whipping up lots of amazing recipes. Nice plain cake recipe there. Season greetings oh!!!

  6. I did home economics in my junior secondary classes and we were taught this hot sand method of baking. I had this colourful apron that I use for practical then.
    Me I like butter icing o, I can lick it for Africa. I make this plain cake once in a while and eat it as breakfast with tea.
    I might gather courage to do it again soon.

  7. Hey Pre, i need a go to icing recipe
    Tired of always doing butter icing
    Kids need a change this Christmas.
    Take care

    • Cream cheese frosting is great!
      Don’t know if you can find cream cheese in pays. Please check the fridge section in super markets and ask shop attendants for it. It is my favourite kind of frosting. Just cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract(optional). The recipe is in the carrot cake post here on the blog. Please use the search bar on the right column and search for “carrot cake”.


  8. I love plain cakes, would love to try it. One question: What size pan is that? Can you give me some idea of its volume — How many measuring cups does it hold? Thanks!

  9. Thanks for the recipe ma. Please, what’s 21/2 (half) cup equivalent to in kg or gram

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  11. Hello dear,
    I just love your recipes 😍 can u pls convert in ml/kg?
    1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    10 tablespoons margarine (or butter)
    1 cup liquid milk (whole, skim or evaporated)

    Thanks

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