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 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! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


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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