The Cake Stall

Henry goes to a totally wonderful pre-school two days a week. We love it. 

They had a monster garage sale this weekend which we were away for (see yesterday's post) but they also had a fundraising cake stall at the event which I volunteered to bake for. 

Of course I made visitor biscuits (above). 

And cakes:


"Vanilla Cake" being Butter cake with 1 teaspoon of vanilla beaten into with the butter and sugar.

Also a few chocolate cakes.

Very simple recipe and I actually think it's much nicer than my previously-claimed most excellent chocolate cake recipe here.

Pretty much a butter cake with cocoa:


125g butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 cups self raising flour

1 cup cocoa

1.5 cups whole milk

Beat butter and sugar until creamed. Beat in one egg at a time.

Stir in one cup of flour. Add one cup of milk. Stir in the cocoa. Stir in the other cup of flour. Stir in the other half cup of milk.

Bake in moderate oven (180deg) for about 30-40 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

The icing I used on Saturday was about a cup of dark cooking chocolate melted with 40g butter. Stir into approx 1.5 cups icing sugar.

They sold like hotcakes!


These are recipes imprinted on my brain. I've made so many hundreds of batches of those biscuits and those cakes that I could do it sleep deprived at 11pm at night after a tricky week and after Adam had left for the race.

What recipes are in your head? Do you have a back-up baking item you can wheel out with your eyes closed?


6 Comments on “The Cake Stall

September 23, 2009 at 1:35 am

Yes, I have an apple cake recipe that is fabulous (anything with melted butter is a good one in my book). Plus this good ol’ butter cake recipe (with a tsp of rose water to make it extra special).

September 23, 2009 at 12:20 pm

we want leftovers!!!

Alex N
September 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Pavlova. I know it’s terribly un-pc to know off my heart an Aussie (or Kiwi?!) recipe, but it is my fail-proof dessert at a moment’s notice. Also cake. I can reel off batches of cake, but just different things added, which, incidentally, I should be doing now as we are having a Macmillan coffee morning today. 7.25am, kids need to be going to school in about 1hr 15 mins. Plenty of time for a quick whip-up of cakes…! x

September 23, 2009 at 6:46 pm

I wish I had my usual ‘bring-a-plate’ recipe in my head! I’ve just gone to make my famous Weetbix Chocolate slice for a morning tea tomorrow and I CAN’T FIND THE RECIPE! I haven’t by any chance given it to you, have I Fi? In its absence I’m considering your Visitor Biscuits… with sultanas and craisins… as I eat choc chips before they get in any cooked item.

September 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm

FOUND IT! I should be a bit more electronic about it and scan it. I’ll put that on my to do list. #237.

Linda Halkyard
March 28, 2013 at 11:23 am

Wow I have just found your blog and yum yum yum I have never been a cake or slice cook but yours look so good I will give it a go thanks



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