Thank you Cham!
The below recipe is from Cham of Spice club. I have halved the quantity to make one 8x8 inch cake. Click to see the original version.
Plain vanilla cake baked and allowed to cool before slicing.
Plain vanilla cake sliced and arranged.
Ingredients: (To make one 8x8 square cake)
All purpose flour (maida) - 1 cup
sugar- 3/4 cup
egg - 3 (medium size eggs)
butter (unsalted) - 1 stick (8 tbsp / 113 gms)
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Method:Bring the eggs and butter to room temperature , by keeping them outside the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. Grease the baking pan with 1/4 tsp butter.
Mix the dry ingredients like maida, baking soda, baking powder by sieving twice.
(This makes the cake spongy).
Add the egg, butter, sugar, vanilla essence , salt to a blender / mixie and beat till it turns fluffy.
Add the dry ingredients and beat well. we can mix the dry ingredients by using a fork / spatula also.
Pour the cake batter in to the greased pan and shake / tap it to release the air.
Place in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
(Test the quality of baking by inserting a skewer and see if it comes out clear).
Plain vanilla cake is ready!
Serving suggestions:Serve as dessert or tea time snack. Icing is optional.
Calorie calculation: (from main ingredients)
AP flour 1 cup = 400 kcal.
Sugar 3/4 cup = (1 tbsp = 45) = 45 x 12 = 540 Kcal
butter 1 stick = 100 x 8 tbsp = 800 Kcal
egg 3 = 70 x 3 = 210 Kcal
Total calories (approx) in this plain vanilla cake = 1950 kcal
(data courtesy : Livestrong.com)
Small 6 inch cake recipe
For a 6 x2 inch round cake:
unsalted butter 5 tbsp, softened
sugar 1/2 cup
vanilla extract 1 tbsp
all-purpose flour 3/4 cup +2tbsp
corn starch 2 tbsp
salt 1/8 tsp
baking powder 3/4 tsp
curd (plain yogurt) or milk - 4 tbsp
Preheat oven to 350 deg F.
Sift together flour, corn starch, salt, baking powder. Keep aside.
In a mixing bowl put butter, sugar - beat for 2 min using an electric beater.
Add milk, egg, vanilla, beat together for 2 mins.
Add the flour. Beat for 1 minute.
Prepare a baking pan by applying butter a coating and coat with 1 tsp four.
Bake for 30-35 mins.