A Classic Vanilla Sponge made with 7 real food ingredients. This is the recipe I use for all my kids birthday cakes. Its simple, fool proof and delicious. Everything a birthday cake should be!
The Thing about Sugar
When we started eating clean, I went through a bit of a crazy stage. I tried to remake everything using the most ridiculous ingredients – And the food tasted terrible. At some point it just gets silly.
Once I realized that the important thing was to use real ingredients – including sugar – my life got A LOT easier. So …Yes. We eat sugar in our family. Raw, organic cane sugar. We don’t eat it everyday, but when it comes to cakes, it’s my first choice as a sweetener. I know Quitting Sugar is a ‘thing’ right now, but before you do, read this post I have written on Why we Didn’t Quit Sugar.
The Classic Vanilla Birthday Cake
I imagine that this exact vanilla cake recipe has been made for hundreds of years. It’s made from 7 real food ingredients that your grandmother would have kept in her kitchen.
1. Organic White Flour (Wholewheat just doesn’t do it this time)
2. Baking Powder
3. Raw Sugar
6. Milk (or Almond Milk)
7. Vanilla Extract
I know this recipe by heart and it takes about 5 minutes to get it in the oven. You throw everything into one bowl, mix it up and spoon into a greased cake pan.
The secret is in the baking – low and slow.
- 2½ Cups Organic Plain Flour
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Cup Organic, Raw Sugar
- 250g softened Butter (not hot)
- 4 Eggs
- 1½ Cups whole Milk (or Almond Milk)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat Oven to 325F / 160C
- Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer for about 1 min until all combined.
- Spoon into a greased and lined cake tray. I use an 18cm round tin with the bottom that comes away.
- Bake for 1hr 15 min.
- Cool in tin for a few minutes and then turn onto a wire wrack for cooling.
- Decorate as needed (Cream and strawberries are always a hit at our place)
Now that you can tick the Birthday Cake off the list … it’s time to plan the party!
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