A simple, comforting cake recipe that mom used to make every single Christmas.


500 gms all-purpose flour

500 gms butter

500 gms sugar (lesser if you don’t want to od on sugar)

1/2 cup milk

8 eggs

a pinch of salt

1 tsp baking powder

grated orange rind or two pinches of powdered nutmeg for that subtle aroma


Keep the butter outside so it reaches room temperature. This will make it pliable and you don’t have to stab at it.

Sieve the flour and set aside.

Mix sugar and butter in a large bowl till smooth.

Whisk the eggs till nice and frothy. Add this slowly to the butter mixture and blend.

Once the three have been mixed, add the flour little by little and work it in to a smooth paste.

Sprinkle the baking powder, salt, and essence and blend them in.

Now add the milk add blend.

After all the ingredients have been mixed, keep stirring the mixture. The longer you blend, the softer your cake will be.

Grease a baking dish and bake at 400 for 40 min.

Do the toothpick test to check if its done.

And voila your cake is ready

2 thoughts on “Cake

  1. This takes me back to the cake (not too moist, not too dry) my mom used to bake when we were little. She used to use this contraption (in the absence of an oven), which had two tiers (round stainless steel tins). It was us, kids’, duty to fill the lower tier with sand, and the batter would go into the upper tier, and the whole thing would go on a stovetop. And viola, a beautiful cake would come out in an hour or so. I think the sand helped regulate the temperature… Also, my mon used to use a pinch of cardamom instead of nutmeg. Thanks for bringing out the memories, Sharoon! 🙂

    • I KNOW this contraption! When our oven went bust, mom would use the sand method. I had almost forgotten about it, Hema. Thanks for evoking those memories.

      There are these unique experiences in life that make it worth while to reminiscence. I hope I can offer the same to my kids :-).

      Thanks for the reading.

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