Sometimes you need a recipe to whip up because it’s nearly time for the kids to get home from school and you want to greet them with a warm vanilla scent and some good home cooking.
Sometimes you need a recipe to whip up because your neighbour is going to pop over and not only is the housework not done, but you have nothing to offer her with coffee. It’s not about being hospitable or feeding her sweet tooth but to distract her from the fingerprinted, dog nosed windows and the dust bunnies that look like they might attack her chiuahua. This is such a recipe.
Easy Cake (with thanks to wonderful neighbour Judy!)
cream (can absolutely be the questionable stuff in the back of the fridge as long as there aren’t any furry lumps growing in it. Come on, it can’t be just me, can it? Fine.)
2/3 cup of sugar
1 cup self raising flour
dash of vanilla essence
Break eggs into a measuring jug and beat with a fork, add cream to this mix until liquid measures 1 cup and add the dash of vanilla. Mix. Put SR flour and sugar into a bowl and stir to combine. Add the egg mixture and stir with a fork until combined. Put into a greased loaf tin or prepared patty tins for cupcakes. Cook in moderate oven 30 – 40 minutes for loaf, or 15 minutes for patty tins. Ice as you like when cooled. Or not.
Instead of icing the cake, I would use the time to fill the sink with suds and hide the dirty dishes in there, throw everything off the bench into a washing basket and wheel the chinese laundry into the children’s bedroom, now stick a denture tablet in the toilet (it works), a tablecloth on the sticky kitchen table and put some citrus peel on the fire. But that’s just me.