Images by Yasmin
This is the most basic recipe on the planet and should be the first thing everyone learns to cook; a cake. Once you learn how to make a cake, you can do many wonderful and creative things to it, such as making a decorative cake or another flavoured cake altogether. I have made many different cakes by adjusting the ingredients or flavouring slightly, such as coffee, orange, lemon, banana, choc chip, chocolate (more my sisters than me) and multicoloured cakes. I am going to explain to you how to make multicoloured cakes on this post following the simplicity cake recipe. This of course is optional. You can just make the basic cake and put it in the oven, your choice! I like to be a bit creative!!!
Unfortunately I don't have a photo of the cooked product, because my friends and I ate it before I realised I needed a photo!!! Good times though!
For simplicity cake:
- 2 tblsp margarine or butter
- 1 cup Self Raising flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla flavouring
- at least three different food colouring (I chose Blue, Yellow and Pink food colouring)
Grease a cake, muffin or patty pan tin. Heat oven to 180'C fan-forced. Melt Butter. Add all other ingredients and beat for 3 minutes. Now either bake the simplicity cake for 30 minutes, or cup cake tray for 10 minutes or complete the following:
Separate the mixture evenly into three different bowls (or as many required for the number of different food colours). Add a few drops of food colour into each bowl to make different colours. Stir thoroughly with a knife until the food colouring is completely mixed in. Using a teaspoon, place one colour in the patty pan (in my case), then another and finally the third. Complete this pattern until all of the mixture is gone, make sure to vary your layers and patterns of cake coloured mixture. Be inventive and creative. You may have most of the cup cake being blue and only one spot being yellow and/or pink.
Bake in oven for 10 minutes if a cupcake tray, or 30minutes for a cake tin. Remove once a skewer can be inserted and come out clean.