This is the quickest and easiest cake recipe ever. Little did I know that it’s possible to make cake mix in a food processor. I don’t even have one, but used a hand blender with a jug attachment instead. If you don’t have either, I’ve added ‘by hand’ instructions at the bottom.
100g / 4oz self-raising flour
100g / 4oz unsalted butter
100g / 4oz caster sugar
1-2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
100g / 4oz icing sugar
50g / 2oz butter
zest of 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 200°C / 400°F / Gas 6. Put all the ingredients in the food processor except the milk and whizz up until smooth. Pour in the milk and process again until you have an even smoother, flowing batter. Put 12 paper cases into a bun tray and divide the mixture between them. Cook for 10-15 minutes and cool on a wire rack.
Next make the icing. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Cut the butter into dice and beat in. Stir in the lemon zest right at the end.
Then when the cakes are cool comes the fun part. Cut the top off the cakes with a sharp knife and slice in half. Spoon in a little of the icing, and put the two halves of sponge into the icing, until it looks just like a fairy!
If you don’t have a food processor – cream the butter and sugar, then add the eggs and flour in alternate tablespoons. Use milk to bind it all together, and you won’t need the baking powder.