From the kitchen | 3 Minute Cake

I was intrigued by the name on Nan’s recipe card – 3 Minute Cake – but how can that be, I can’t even find all the ingredients in three minutes let alone bake a cake in that time. Apparently the title does not refer to the entire duration of creation, but to the amount of time you are meant to spend mixing everything together. As usual, Nan’s recipe gave nothing away – her instructions literally were “Beat everything together for three minutes” – so I’ve added to this slightly and outlined below how I made the 3 Minute Cake.

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What you’ll need 

115g soft butter
1 cup sugar
2 egg
1 3/4 cups self raising flour
lemon or vanilla essence
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons coconut or cocoa

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Preheat the oven (fan forced) to 180°C. Cream the sugar and softened butter together until combined. Add the two eggs and beat until well combined. Sift in the self raising flour, salt and either cocoa (if you want a chocolate cake), or coconut. Use a wooden spoon to combine everything together. Add in the milk and stir well – this is where the stir for three minutes part comes into play – it really takes some arm action to mix it all together. Once combined add in the vanilla essence or lemon.

Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. Top off with a sprinkling of icing sugar.

I’m quite happy with how it turned out. The top had a nice bit of crunch to it while still remaining moist on the inside. It was simple enough to make and I was able to do so with ingredients I had already at home. At the end of the day, it’s just a basic chocolate cake, but sometimes it’s the simple recipes that taste the best.

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