Plain butter cake for him
Last Saturday was a replacement school day for my 8 years old, April. It was declared as Children's Day. I wanted to make kuih batik for her to bring to the Children's Day party. She didn't buy it.
On the same evening, I thought of baking my husband a cake for his birthday. The simplest cake I could whip up was this plain butter cake.
Plain Butter Cake
4 eggs, room temperature
227 grams butter, well softened
1 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsps baking powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1tsp vanilla essence
3 tbsps milk
1/2 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease/ line your baking pans. Sift the flour and baking powder and together - this is to ensure they combine well. Add in the salt and mix well. Set aside.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale yellow and light. Do not pour in the sugar all at once as you will 'drown' the butter. You should beat the butter and sugar till fluffy.
3. Now for the eggs, it is preferable to break each egg into a separate bowl before mixing with your batter just in case you have some bad eggs on your hands! Break each egg in separately, mixing well after each addition. Add in vanilla essence and mix well.
4. Finally, add in the flour mixture in 3 portions, mixing well after each addition. Remember to scrape down your bowl with a large spatula to ensure even mixing. Add in the milk tablespoon by tablespoon.
5. Now that your batter is ready, you can just bake a plain butter cake in a 9 inch round pan or 9 inch loaf pan or pour batter into whatever shaped pans you would like.
6. Bake your cake for about 45 minutes. Check for doneness with a wooden skewer or toothpick - insert in center of cake, if it comes out clean - the cake is done. Do not overbake to avoid dryness.
7. Cool in pan for about 10 minutes on a wire rack before turning out.