Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Aunty Belle's 5-minute Lemon Cake

This is the cake I made. Usually it is foolproof, but obviously I was feeling foolish the other night when it collapsed on me!!! I changed the mixture but didn't change the time.

1 cup sugar
2 eggs
4oz. soft butter
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
Grated rind of 1 lemon

Sift flour; combine with sugar and lemon rind.
Add soft butter, egg and milk.
Beat well.
Pour into well-greased 8" ring tin and bake in moderate oven (180 degrees C/350 degrees F) for 35-40 minutes.
Ice with Lemon icing and sprinkle with coconut.

It really is one of the easiest cakes to make and is really moist. Just put everything into the bowl and stir.

Aunty Belle was my paternal grandmother's sister. She lived at Wingham (NSW) and was a really lovely lady. My Grandma and all her sisters made the best cakes - sponges, date loaves, all that sort of thing. I remember Aunty Belle having a silvery white bun on the back of her head and a few whiskers on her chin. And she had a slightly husky voice. She always wore an apron round the house, something not done so much nowadays.