Thursday, December 10, 2009

Way too easy

When I read about this recipe on the Food Librarian's blog, she called it "the easiest cake ever" and I have to agree. It takes one bowl, you mix it by hand, and the two times I've made it, it's turned out perfectly.

Last week I made this for my mother-in-law's birthday. My daughter and I had a tea party to celebrate with her and we had a fun afternoon. Since then, my daughter has been wanting to drink tea with me in the afternoons which I've enjoyed.

So, when you need to bake something and didn't plan ahead or don't want to bring ingredients to room temperature, or cream any butter and eggs, try this. The first time I made it, I topped the cake with ripe plums from farmer's market. This time, it was some strawberries. I've also substituted part of the flour with whole wheat.

Easy Cake

Mix in a large bowl:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
zest of 1 lemon
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract (I really prefer the almond flavor)

Pour into greased cake pan. I used a 9" spring form pan but it works well in a 8 or 9inch regular old cake pan. Top with any soft fruit and sprinkle the top with a tablespoon of raw sugar . . .grab a packet from Starbucks if you don't have any :) Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of your pan . . . it took me about 25) or until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is golden brown.


  1. How long do you bake it & at what temperature?

  2. This seems like it would be a good starter recipes for kids. I'll print it off for my 12 year old. She loves to cook.

  3. I like your new header which you took from your big kitchen.

  4. I'll add some clarification to the recipe - forgot the last (most important) part. Blame it on the end of the quarter . . . but I just turned in all my grades. Hooray!

    Margaret - yes, this is perfect for kids. Just make sure it's mixed well and smooth before going in the pan and topping with the fruit.

    CO - thanks! It's Marzipan from a Italian bakery in Boston. The picture doesn't do it justice!

  5. You meant an Irish bakery in Boston, correct!?

  6. No, the North End in Boston is the Italian area with lots of good restaurants, bakeries, gelaterias, etc.