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Average: 3.6 (6 votes)


Makes 2
Prep time 15 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
kJ 1065 fat 12g sat fat 7g

250g butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups (330g) caster sugar
4 eggs
3 cups (450g) self-raising flour, sifted
1 cup (250ml) milk

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line bases of two 20cm flat-based ring pans.

2. Using an electric beater, cream butter. Add sugar gradually and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in flour and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Divide mixture between prepared pans.

3. Bake for 30 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes, before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips: For a chocolate version, replace 2/3 cup of self-raising flour with cocoa and add 1/2 cup extra caster sugar.

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