You say it’s your birthday…it’s my birthday too …yeah! – Easy Butter Cake

I’ve been taking a wee break from blogging since the first year of my course came to an end in early December, but I think it’s time to dip my toe back into the ‘blogging’ water. The title of this post was inspired by the opening lyrics of the song “Birthday”, written by the Beatles in 1968, which seemed apt for the occasion of my birthday, which is today, and the occasion of my mother’s 80th birthday, also this week.

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Mum and me a few birthdays ago

Turning another year older and getting closer to the next big “0” birthday has caused me to reflect on my life, and my conclusion is it’s been pretty good & I’m grateful for the life I’ve had so far. Yes there have been ups and downs, but bumps on the road are to be expected when you are on a long journey – and I’m in for the long haul! I’ve certainly made some doozie mistakes, but I think I have learned from most of them. And, as my sister used to say, sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a Prince, which is absolutely true in my case, but my “Prince” did eventually show up and we are entering our 10thyear of being together.

Whilst waiting for said “Prince”, I was lucky enough to raise, and be raised by, two incredible people, of whom I am most proud. They are simply the best thing I have ever done with my life and they never cease to surprise me, move me to joyful tears, and fill my heart with so much love (and pride) that I’m amazed it doesn’t burst. If this wasn’t enough, my life has been further enriched by my three lovely step-children.

And then there is the gift of friendship which has brought so much sunshine to my life. My friends are quite different yet all with common traits. They are smart, funny, resilient, intelligent, women…all talented in their fields and creative. I have travelled with most of them & they have supported me, encouraged me, surrounded me with love in the tough times and made me laugh until my sides hurt in the good times. A few of them speak a language other than English, all of them love to read & most of them enjoy cooking (I obviously have a type!). We have shared many (many) meals and many (many, many, many) glasses of wine together. Some of them, like me, enjoy dabbling in social media, blogs & IG. Look at the beautiful and naturally dyed paper and fabric creations which my talented friend, whose blog abellinendiary.com is a must see. She turns the paper and fabrics into individual personal gifts and cards, such as a few I have been lucky enough to be given. Another friend on IG is an amazing and self-taught chocolate maker, lustrechocolate.

So, as I approach another year, I count my blessings and suggest that a cake is in order.  Whereas I am not usually a sweet eater, I do like this simple Butter Cake, which I often bake and freeze for use when a birthday pops into the calendar. My wish, as I blow the candles out on my cake this year, will be more of the same please…with the exception of trees falling on our house…. I’ve had quite enough of that thank-you!

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Tree 1 / House 0

Happy 2019 all….

Bon Appetit

Kathryn 👩‍🍳💙

Easy Butter Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 50 mins
 

A tasty and versatile cake for single layer or tiers. Freezes well. This recipe makes 1  x 20 cm (8″) cake. 

Course: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 250 gm Softened unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup Sugar – caster
  • 2 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 4 Eggs Room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cup Self Raising flour
  • 3/4 cup Plain (all purpose) flour
  • 3/4 cup Milk – full fat
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (360f)

  2. Grease and line a springform cake tin

  3. Sift the flours together and set aside

  4. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy

  5. Add the vanilla essence

  6. Add the eggs 1 at a time – ensuring each is incorporated before adding the next.

  7. Add the flour and milk alternatively – don’t overtax once flour is added

  8. Cook for approximately 1.5 hrs (depending on oven). When skewer comes out clean, remove from oven and place on cooling rack. 

  9. If using straight away, ice/frost the cake only when fully cooled, otherwise wrap, label and freeze for another occasion.

About kathryninthekitchen

I find joy in all aspects of food and cooking; reading about it, enjoying the offerings of great restaurants and cafe’s, sourcing beautiful produce & transforming it into delicious meals to share with the people I care about. I quite easily lose track of time when I am engaged in my favourite pastime. I have always dreamt of one day training as a cook and 2018 is the year that journey begins. I am excited I have the opportunity to follow my passion and grateful for the support of my family and friends. I hope you enjoy my journey with me as well as other food related detours.
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12 Responses to You say it’s your birthday…it’s my birthday too …yeah! – Easy Butter Cake

  1. chef mimi says:

    What a great post! Happy Birthday!!!

  2. This is really a beautiful post, thank you so much for sharing it with us all! Your mom is lovely, especially for 80! And your family and friends are perfect ingredients to your life! (P.S. The butter cake looks pretty good too!).

  3. FJB says:

    A lovely post – and so nice to see my name up in lights, thank you for the kind words 😊

  4. A belated happy birthday to the two of you. May you have many more healthy and very happy ones.

  5. Ron says:

    First, Sorry for the late comment but somehow I missed that you posted. Second, welcome back Kathryn and Grattis på födelsedagen!
    Such a wonderful and warming post. One that allowed us who follow you to have a unique look into your rich life. I laughed out loud when I read your sisters wise advise “sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a Prince”. It was those same words that Eva said to me 20 years ago.
    Being a fellow non-sweet person like you, I find your cake perfect for my pallet. Thanks for sharing.

  6. What an amazing post! You are truly blessed. May your birthday be all you want it to be, full of love and sunshine as well 🙂

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