Preheat the oven to 160 C / Gas 3. Grease and line a large round cake tin with baking parchment.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter together until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, being sure to beat well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Sift in the flour and baking powder. Ensure that the mixture is stirred properly. Carefully spoon the mixture into the tin and smooth the top with the back of the spoon.
Bake in the very centre of the oven for roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes. Allow an extra 15 minutes if you would prefer a more golden brown finish.
Leave the cake to cool in the tin for around 30 to 45 minutes before attempting to remove it from the tin. Then, remove the cake and place it on a wire rack to cool.
I AM JUST TRYING THIS RECIPE NOW...IT IS IN THE OVEN AND SO WILL SHOW YOU ALL A PICTURE OF IT WHEN IT IS COOKED...I AM ALSO COOKING ANOTHER CHRISTMAS CAKE FOR MY CARER TOO...♥
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JUST COOKED IT AGAIN AND DRIZZLED CHOCOLATE SAUCE OVER IT...THE PICTURE IS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE BEFORE THE RECIPE - 18 Dec 2014