Ben and mines 30 month anniversary was very much a food orientated celebration. He took me for Thai and I baked him a cake, the same one that I cooked him on the day he originally asked me out. I’ve made it a million times and its always reliably tasty, although I don’t know how something that includes a large amount of whipped cream and jam couldn’t taste anything but lovely. You do need a few items that might not be readily available in every student kitchen, such as a large mixing bowl and two cake tins but these can be bought relatively cheaply and are a great investment. I used strawberry jam, but you can use whatever takes your fancy, and if you’re not feeling too indulgent you can omit the cream, although I strongly advise you not to.
From the Good Housekeeping Cookery Book
175g soft butter
175g caster sugar
3 beaten eggs
175g self-raising white flour
- Grease two cake tins and preheat the oven to 190 degrees.
- Beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs a little at a time. Fold in ½ the flour using a metal spoon or a plastic bladed spatula, and then the remainder.
- Divide evenly between the tins and level the surface. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes until they are risen and spring back when pushed in centre.
- Loosen the edges and leave in the tin for five minutes.
- Turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack.
- Sandwich with jam and cream.
Culinary Know How: FRESHER
Budget: UNDER £5
Kitchen Requirements: TWO CAKE TINS, LARGE MIXING BOWL, METAL SPOON OR PLASTIC BLADED SPATULA.