Vanilla cake to please

This cake is delightful! Because the main role is played by vanilla, do invest in vanilla pod or premium vanilla pod scrapings. I promise it makes all the difference! Sometimes I bake this with wholemeal flour and other times with white, do what you like, it turns out fabulous either way! This particular cake was for our Parish Priest’s 5th Ordination anniversary celebration! We are so blessed to have such a fantastic role model and dedicated leader. Have fun with this, we certainly do!


125 g butter

½ cup brown sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla pod scrapings or essence

2 cups self-raising flour

Splash of milk


Buttercream Icing

125 g butter

1 ½ cups icing powder

1 tbs milk

1 tsp vanilla pod scrapings or essence



Combine the butter and sugar and beat until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating with electric mixer in between. Add the vanilla, flour and milk and electric mix until the mix is smooth. Pour batter into a lined cake tin. Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for about 45 minutes, or until you can press the top lightly and it rises back to you. Whilst the cake is in the oven let the butter go near room temperature, then when soft stir in the icing powder, milk and vanilla. Let the cake cool completely prior to icing. I usually make my cakes the day before I need them and ice them the next day so that the exterior settles and it is easier to ice without scrapping crumbs into the icing mixture.

Vanilla cake to please

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