Child’s Birthday Cake
One-stage birthday cake
115g (4oz) soft margarine
115g (4oz) caster sugar
2 eggs (size 3)
115g (4oz) self-raising flour
5ml (1tsp) baking powder
Place the ingredients in a bowl and beat for two to three minutes with a wooden spoon, or one minute with an electric hand mixer. Turn into two greased, base-lined 180mm (7in) tins and bake at 190°C (375°F/Gas Mark 5) for 20-25 minutes. Fill with jam or butter cream when cool.
For an orange or lemon cake, mix in the grated rind and juice of one fruit; and for a chocolate cake, add 30ml (2tbsp) of cocoa powder blended with 30ml (2tbsp) hot water.
Add an extra 25g (1oz) of self-raising flour to the basic ingredients. Spoon the mixture into 18-20 paper cases. Bake at 190°C (375°F/Gas Mark 5) for 15-20 minutes.
Walnut or almond cake
Mix in with the other ingredients 25g (1oz) finely chopped walnuts or ground almonds.
Baked fruit pudding
Arrange 225g (8oz) fresh or drained canned fruit such as pears, apples or pineapple in the base of a deep, buttered 200mm (8in) tin or dish. Mix an extra 25g (1oz) of self-raising flour into the cake ingredients, and spoon the mixture over the fruit. Bake at 190°C (375°F/ Gas Mark 5) for 50-60 minutes. Turn out and serve with custard.