Valentine Vanilla Loaf Cake

Hello everyone! Such a busy few days for me so I’m a little late posting my Valentine themed cake.

Big news this week, I started a new job! I’m really happy but as I’m sure you all know, with any new job there is so much to learn and take in. It’s always kind of awkward at the start too because you’re doing so much reading or shadowing that you just feel out of place. Hopefully though, once the first few weeks are over I’ll get into a rhythm and get stuck into things. Besides the job itself, one of the major wins with this news is that I can take the Luas to and from work. Happy days! This just means poor Tabi (my car) can sit it out in the garage a little more and I don’t have to sit in traffic quite so much. Sad state when you prefer sweaty crowds to an air conditioned car but that is what the M50 does to you!

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Well, anyway happy belated Valentine’s Day to you all! I hope you enjoyed the day, or if you have savvy and are saving the celebrations for the weekend, I hope you are all excited! It is so true that the prices the weekend after are way more affordable, plus you don’t have to get up and go into work the next day.

This cake is again, so so simple. Equal measures of our core cake ingredients and then topped with a pink coloured icing and decorated with white chocolate and cranberries. I really like the way it turned out and think it would be a sweet gift for anyone this weekend.

right, you need:

200g self raising flour

200g butter

200g caster sugar

3 large eggs

1 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1tsp baking powder

For icing:

200g icing sugar

2 tbsp boiling water

1 drop pink food colouring

white chocolate/cranberries to decorate

Who doesn’t love the simple life?

Line a loaf tin and preheat your oven to 190 degrees.

Bang all the cake ingredients into a bowl and beat until smooth and light in colour.

Pour into a loaf tin and bake for about 40 -45 minutes at 190 degrees.

You want a raised, golden brown loaf.

Allow to cool a little in the tin before turning out.

Mix the icing sugar, food colouring and water together until smooth. Drizzle over the cool cake and top with your chocolate and cranberries.

Pretty, easy and lovely!

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