Tuck Box Cake


This is a family favourite cake recipe that has been passed down from my Great Grandmother. I am pretty sure that it must have been used a lot during war rationing because it uses very little butter and just one egg white. It doesn't mean it doesn't stand a punch against a standard vanilla sponge, it sure does! Light and fluffy and with so little butter it must be sin free!! My kids love it, we either make it as a tray bake with water icing and hundreds of thousands on top, or cupcakes. I have also turned it in to a layered cake with chocolate ganache filling!

225g self raising flour⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 140ml milk⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 45g melted butter⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 170g caster sugar⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1 egg white⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pinch salt⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 9” sq tin or 7x10, cake will be 1” deep⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Or 8-12 deep cupcakes (depending how deep or domed you would like them)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oven 160C ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - Mix flour, sugar and salt together⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - In a bowl add the egg white, milk and vanilla, mix well⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - Add the wet mixture and melted butter to the dry mix and beat well⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ - Bake for approx 18-20min⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Note: if using salted butter omit the pinch of salt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To finish:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I normally cover in a simple water icing. Sprinkle with those coloured hundreds of thousands, mainly because the kids love them! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

VARIATIONS⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cupcakes: I always use the deep cupcake cases and this recipes makes about 10 domed topped cupcakes or about 12 to the top of the case.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Layered Celebration cake: make double the recipe quantity. Line 2 x 8” round sandwich cake tins and split the mixture between the two. Each cake will be a bit thicker than 1” deep once baked. For the filling I have used a chocolate ganache, plain butter cream and something like a blueberry jam. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Baking! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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