Monday, February 21, 2011

Lunchbox Idea #5 - Cut and Keep Butter Cake

Yes, we're back. Our oven is fixed and working again. I have to commend the Smeg repair guy who was polite and friendly and clean. He even brought a large piece of mat to lay on the floor before he worked on the oven. It turned out that one of the fans (the one that distributes the heat) burnt out and not the heating element. It costs me $250 which covered part and labour. Happy to pay the amount since we use the oven frequently.

You don't realise how much you rely on an appliance until it's out of order for a while. The past weekend, we wanted to bake something or cook a roast for dinner but had to stop ourselves.

The first thing Caitlin and I made was sultana cupcakes using this simple butter cake recipe.

125gm butter, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
275gm caster sugar (I reduce to 270gm and still found it sweet)
3 eggs, beaten
150gm plain flour, sifted
75gm self raising flour, sifted
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sultanas (optional)
  1. Pre-heat oven to moderate temperature about 160C (fan-forced).
  2. Place butter, vanilla extract and caster sugar into bowl, and beat till light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the beaten eggs. 
  4. If adding sultanas, add the sultanas into the bowl of sifted flours.
  5. Fold the flours gently alternating with the milk. Mix well.
  6. Spread into a 20cm round cake pan (I made these into cupcakes for my girls' lunchbox).
  7. Bake in oven for 1 1/4 hours. For the cupcakes, I baked them for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Stand cake in pan for 5 minutes when ready to cool before turning over on to a wire rack.
  9. Optional: Dust with sifted icing sugar before serving. 


    1. Can the self raising flour change to cake flour?

    2. MeRy: I am not familiar with cake flour, does it have a rising agent like baking powder? If it does, then it should be fine. If not you can make your own self raising flour. Use 1 cup plain flour and add 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
      I don't buy s.r. flour because I don't use it often and I find the baking powder loses its strength after some time.

    3. Waiting to see your other lunch box ideas!

    4. Glad your oven is up and running well again... and you're back with your lovely bakes/roasts :). i rely a lot on the oven to cook our meals also, n know what u mean that everyday life without it is just not quite the same :).