1-2-3-4 Cake

    45 min

    A tried but true basic cake recipe that never fails. This cake is so easy to make and made with ingredients found in any cupboard. Enjoy!

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    Serves: 36 

    • 225g butter
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 425g cake flour
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 4 egg whites
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 250ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour three 23cm round tins.
    2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 200g of the sugar. In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks well, then add to butter mixture.
    3. Sift together flour and baking powder. Add alternately with the milk to the butter-sugar mixture. Beat well. Add vanilla.
    4. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Add 200g sugar to the egg whites. Fold into cake mixture.
    5. Divide cake mixture evenly into three prepared 23cm round tins. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 25 minutes.


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    This was one of the best cakes I've ever made. Frosted with milk chocolate frosting (sift together 6 T cocoa with 2 1/2 c powdered sugar, cream 1/2 c butter, add 5 T whole milk or cream, 1 t. vanilla and cocoa/sugar mixture and beat the heck out of it - if too thick, add more milk), it made a lovely birthday cake for my mom. The only thing I added was 1/2 t. salt because I used unsalted butter. The cake flour gives it a fine, soft crumb, so be sure to use it.  -  29 Apr 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    mmmm... this is a wonderful cake, & one of my new favorites, I put chocolate icing on mine, and also used baking soda instead of baking powder because I ran out but don't think that made too much of a difference. You must try this cake now it's so great! And it's fun to make too, with an electric mixer it barely takes any time, and it looks beautiful when finished and came out of the pans perfectly too. & 1 more thing, you only have to bake it for 25 min. so it's quite quick. yum!  -  24 Feb 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Excellent white cake recipe! After eating this, you'll never want to make another box cake mix again. I'm a novice cake baker and this was very easy to put together and very well worth it.  -  30 Apr 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)