About this recipe:A delicious cake that is easy to make. It's highly versatile and makes a fantastic base for birthday cakes, wedding cake or cupcakes. Decorate with your favourite icing.
Makes: 1 20x30cm cake
350g plain flour
6 tablespoons cornflour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
300g caster sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:30min › Ready in:50min
Sieve together flour, cornflour, baking powder and salt three times.
In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add 100g sugar gradually and continue beating only until egg whites form soft peaks.
Cream butter. Gradually add remaining sugar and cream together until light and fluffy. Add sieved ingredients alternately with milk a small amount at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Mix in flavourings. Fold in egg whites until well incorporated. Spread batter into a parchment-lined 20x30cm tin.
Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool cake in tin 10 minutes, then remove from tin and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. This cake may also be baked in two 23cm round tins for 30 to 35 minutes or in three 20cm round tins for 25 to 30 minutes.