Are you looking for a cake to take to a special morning tea, which everyone will love? Or perhaps you want to whip up something to take to work, to brighten up everyone's day?
We all like different kinds of cakes - mud cakes, red velvet cakes, orange & poppy seed cakes, sponge cakes - the list is endless. These three recipes below are the ones that I personally like to make, when friends come over for a cuppa or I need to take a plate to a meeting or family get together. Which one would you like to make - or more importantly, eat yourself?
1/ Lime & Coconut Cake
Ingredients: 1 and 1/3 cups of self-raising flour (sifted), 3/4 cup of caster sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup desiccated coconut, 150g margarine (melted), 3 eggs, 1/2 cup of real lime juice (from approximately 4 limes), 1 teaspoon lime rind (grated). Icing: 1 cup icing sugar, 1 large Tablespoon margarine, 1 tablespoon milk, 1 Tablespoon desiccated coconut, plus more to decorate.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the sifted self-raising flour, caster sugar, baking powder and coconut. In a separate bowl, combine the cooled melted margarine, eggs, lime juice and rind. Pour into the dry mixture and stir to combine. Pour into a lined cake tin and bake for 30 - 40 minutes, until cooked in the centre. Allow to cool. To make the icing, combine the ingredients and add a touch of milk if it is too stiff. Spoon onto the top of the cake and smooth over with a wet knife. Sprinkle around the outside with desiccated coconut.
2/ Easy Carrot Cake
Ingredients: 2/3 cup oil, 3/4 cup raw sugar, 2 eggs, 1 cup self-raising flour, 3 Tablespoons sultanas, 1 teaspoon mixed spice, 1 and 1/2 cups grated carrots. Icing: 100g cream cheese, 3 Tablespoons icing sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees, fan forced. Cream together oil and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each one. Add flour, mix, then sultanas, mixed spice and grated carrot. Mix until well combined. Pour into a lined cake tin and bake for 40 minutes. Place a knife in the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean, allow to cool on a cake rack. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla essence. Smear over the top of the cooled cake. Decorate with walnuts and a light sprinkle of mixed spice. See here for a full article on this recipe.
Ingredients: 1 cup raw sugar, 2 Tablespoons butter, 1 cup dried mixed fruit, 2 cups water, 2 cups plain flour (sifted), 1 cup self-raising flour (sifted), 3 teaspoons mixed spice and a pinch of bi-carb soda.
In a medium saucepan, boil together sugar, butter, dried mixed fruit and water, until the butter has melted. Allow to cool. Preheat oven to 200 degrees fan-forced. In a bowl, combine both flours, mixed spice and bi-carb soda. Stir in cooled wet mixture. Do not over-mix. Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes. Half-way through cooking, cover the cake with foil to prevent burning on the top. Turn out onto a cooling rack and enjoy warm with a dob of butter.