I made (I promise not to use the phrase "whipped up" in this post!) this cake on New Years Eve to take to our New Year's Eve destination. I would like to say that since the arrival of my wee assistant, New Years Eve has become exceedingly tame. But that would be a lie. This year we spent New Years Eve drinking Dom and eating fabulous food all whilst in our slippers. Just like we did four years ago - well before the little assistant came onto the scene. There is alot to be said for the comfort of your slippers on a frosty New Years Eve... and a glass of champagne!
I also made this cake again today. This is the first time, I think ever, that I have made the same cake twice for two separate eating occasions just days apart. Sure, today, it had an audience of one, since my husband is now sadly in Australia for his Grandmother's funeral. I pretended to myself that I just wanted to test out Kate Flour with the Xanthan gum added in, but really? I just wanted to eat more of this cake. So good.
Tasty in a not too sweet, dense but light and fine crumb, deeply vanilla way - comfort itself. Easy - whip cream, slowly beat in the eggs and then the sugar and finally fold in the flour. You definitely don't need a stand mixer. I made it with a hand held beater both times. Quick - it bakes in about 35 minutes. End to end, dishes done, less than an hour. It needs no icing, just a cup of tea, a knife and some serious will power.
The first time I made it with the US bleached flour and today's cake I baked with Kate Flour. I was equally happy with both versions. The Kate Flour version had a slightly more dense crumb and it probably didn't rise quite so much, but nothing that detracted from the glorious simplicity of this cake.
My photos are few and not so great since my camera lens has weirdly gone off track. So the photos are from our video camera. The massive divot in the cake was delivered by the foot of my husband. I had left the cake in its Tupperware container on the stairs so I wouldn't forget it and my husband trod on it - lightly...
This cake is also a test of how evenly your oven heats - my cakes were browner on one side, so I should probably turn the cake at more regular intervals.
I will definitely be adding this cake to my quick, easy and spectacular list. Although, for the sake of my girth, I shan't be baking it again this week! Not unless temptation gets the better of me and I buy the Heritage Bundt pan a la Raymond. Swoon. And maybe I need to test the recipe with just normal old UK plain flour...