We haven’t had a recipe on the blog in a while so I am excited to be back with this simple Cinnamon & Vanilla cake. I am currently sitting in my parent’s kitchen in Mayo, escaping the cold and ever constant drizzle outside! You might have spotted some of the lovely home comforts over on my Instagram Stories. This weather begs for spices and familiar flavours. The range is on, I have Buttons (our little dog) inside and would like nothing better than to bake this rainy day away.
This cake, like all of our other loaf cakes (check them out here, here and here) is very simple. We are using equal measures of our core ingredients: flour, sugar, butter. I know I’ve said this before on the blog, but in my opinion you don’t need to be able to make fancy cakes to be a good baker. Being a good baker is all about having trusted recipes which give you confidence. A simple loaf cake gives you that. Remember, almost any flavour can be worked in. The important thing is to get the bake of an easy one right first and then begin to add flavours.
I made this cake over a week ago as a little birthday cake, but writing this is convincing me to make it again. I know I always go on about loaf cakes but they are so welcoming and comforting, I can’t stop! This particular cake is a nice one as it does not taste overly sweet. I suppose I would describe it as a simple “After Tea” cake. The marble effect on this one will be gentle as the colours are similar, but you should still be able to see it.
right, you need:
220g self-raising flour
220g unsalted butter
220g caster sugar
2tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
2 tsp cinnamon
4 large eggs, beaten
50ml whole milk
Grab your favourite loaf tin and line it up! Preheat your oven to 190 degrees.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer for this or can do it by hand using a wooden spoon. If using a spoon, ensure the butter is very soft before starting.
Slowly add in the eggs and mix together bit by bit. If the mixture begins to curdle, spoon in some flour to save it.
Sieve in the flour and baking powder and stir until all combined. Follow in with the milk and mix again. The cake mixture should drop off a spoon with a splat sound. If it doesn’t fall from a spoon, add a tiny bit more milk.
Now, grab yourself another bowl and divide the cake mix in two.
Add the vanilla bean paste into the original bowl and stir.
Add the cinnamon into the second bowl and stir.
Spoon parts of each mixture into your loaf tin randomly.
Once all of the cake batter (both flavours) is in the tin, grab a knife and push it through the cake making swirls. This will give you a gentle marble effect.
Bake in the oven to 40 minutes until risen and golden brown on the top.
Leave it to cool slightly in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire tray.
I enjoy adding a simple icing to the top of this cake. I simply mix icing sugar with a tiny bit of boiling water and drizzle it over the top. So simple!
Guys, I hope you enjoy this one and aren’t sick of loaf cakes! I have a couple more days in lovely (rainy, grey) Mayo ahead of me so there will be a lot more baking. I’m not sure they can eat it all quick enough!