Buttery Tea Time Cake – Sponge cake with crystallized sugar glaze

It is amazing that this simple, light and fluffy buttery cake, turns into a gorgeous teatime treat when it is glazed with butter and sugar crystal syrup.  It gives such a  sweet crunchiness to the top layer making every bite absoloutely pleasurable.

Make this delightful treat for your friends and enjoy relaxing in the garden with a steaming pot of tea.

Let’s make it: 

Self Raising flour250 g
Margarine or butter250 g
Caster sugar250 g
Eggs4
Milk1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1  tsp each
Salt2 pinches
Baking powder1 tsp
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Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180 C . (Temperature conversion is given under Tips)

Cream the batter

  • 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.

Mix Four

  • 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

Into the oven

  • 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 into the oven

Take out of the oven

  • 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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Glaze it

(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!

Basic Butter Cake – Simple pound cake with delicious buttery flavour

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butter cake

This  wonderfully-buttery cake with an outer golden crust is the first cake that every aspiring cake-baker must get right.

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

First, master the art of making this simple but heavenly sponge cake as it gives a clear insight into all the baking techniques and you will be baking most glorious varieties of cakes in no time!

All the tips, secrets and techniques are given here, nothing can go wrong. So, whip it this cake out and serve around with love!

You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour250 g
Margarine or melted butter under room temperature250 g
Caster sugar250 g
Eggs under room temp4
Milk1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1  tsp each
Salt2 pinches
Baking powder1 tsp

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180C .

Oven temperature conversion chart:

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.

Time to serve your cake!

  • 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 using the same batter

Vanilla cupcakes

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

Chocolate cupcakes

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

Chocolate Cake with creamy chocolate butter icing https://happyrecipes.co.uk/chocolate-butter-icing-creamy-and-silky/

chocolate butter icing