Buttery Tea Time Cake – Sponge cake with crystallized sugar syrup

nfdnfd It is amazing that this simple  light and fluffy buttery cake, turns into a gorgeous teatime treat when its golden crusty top is glazed with butter and sugar crystal syrup.  It gives such a  sweet crunchiness to the top layer making every bite pleasurable. Make this delightful treat for your friends for afternoon tea and enjoy it relaxing in the garden with a steaming pot of tea.

Let’s make it: 

Self Raising flour 250 g
Margarine or butter 250 g
Caster sugar 250 g
Eggs 4
Milk 1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence 1  tsp each
Salt 2 pinches
Baking powder 1 tsp

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C . (Temperature conversion is given under Tips)

Cream it

  • Beat butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat well after each addition.
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and beat for two rounds.

Flour it

  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  •  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter.
  • Add milk and mix into the batter.

Oven it

  • Line up a round baking tray with parchment paper and spoon the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try.
  • Pop it in the oven.

Rest it

  • Insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove from the tray, peel off the baking paper and place it on a cooling rack.
  • Let the cake rest for 15 mins.

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(Do not spread this syrup when the cake is warm.  Let it cool off for about 20 mins.)

  • Place a heap of a tablespoon of butter in a bowl.
  • Add a tablespoon of brown sugar and mix well.
  • Now place the bowl in the microwave or on the stove and heat for a minute. Do not boil.
  • Take out and give a good stir with a spoon.  The sugar should not be dissolved completely but crystallized.
  • Pour the sugar syrup using a small spoon all over the cake.
  • After a few mins you will notice the sugar crystals have formed on the top.
  • Done!!
  • Delicious!

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Sponge Cake – Basic pound cake with a delicious buttery flavour

sponge cake

We all know that in everything we do, the first few steps matter a lot.  If our first step  goes exactly as planned, it will boost our confidence, which in turn catapult us to be a bit more adventurous.

This  wonderfully-buttery cake with outer golden crust, is the  first cake that every aspiring cake-maker must get right, as it  gives a clear insight into all the baking techniques.

Master the art of making this simple but heavenly sponge cake and you will be baking most glorious varieties of cakes in no time!

All the tips and techniques are given, wrapped with love,  in this recipe so nothing can go wrong.

Happy baking !

You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour 250 g
Margerine or Butter under room tempreture 250 g
Caster sugar 250 g
Eggs under room temp 4
Milk 1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence 1  tsp each
Salt 2 pinches
Baking powder 1 tsp

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C .

Oven temperature conversion:

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/oven-temperature-conversion/

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.  Go clockwise.  (Time : 5 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat  after each addition. (Time :  Beat 15 seconds after each egg)
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and finally, cream all together (Time : 1 min) 
  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  •  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter. Do not use the electric mixer at this point.
  • Add milk and mix well.

Tray it

  • Line up a baking tray with parchment paper and spoon the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try.

Oven it

  • Pop it in the oven.
  • Bake for 20 mins or the top turns golden yellow (Never open the oven door in the first 10 mins)

Check it

  • After 20 mins, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove from the tray and place it on a cooling rack.

Taste it

  • Dip a knife in hot water, wipe clean and cut the cake into dainty squares
  • Enjoy the lovely spongy texture wrapped with the buttery sweetness

Other easy delicious cakes :

Vanilla cupcakes

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/plain-vanilla-cupcakes-supersoft-delicious-cupcakes-ever/

Chocolate cupcakes

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/chocolate-cupcakes-pretty-chocolate-cupcakes-to-brighten-up-your-party/

Chocolate cake with butter icing

http://happyrecipes.co.uk/chocolate-cake-with-butter-icing/

 

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