The easiest cake recipe that my mum taught me when I was a kid was the 4oz one. You literally need to just remember the number “4”, as in 4 ounces and Gas Mark 4.
4oz butter + 4oz sugar + 4oz flour + 2 eggs
Here’s how we used this kid-friendly recipe to make vanilla cupcakes, plus how to do the icing.
This recipe makes 9 cupcakes (if you are using the bigger paper cases). If you are using the smaller fairy cases, it will make 12. You will need a piping bag and star nozzle for the icing.
FYI 4oz = 110g
4oz (110g) softened butter/marg
4oz (110g) caster sugar
4oz (110g) self-raising flour
1tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk
5oz (140g) softened butter
10oz (280g) icing sugar
To make the process easier for kids, I measured out all the ingredients beforehand and put into separate bowls and cups. Then the kids can pour into the mixing bowl themselves.
Making the cake
1. Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°C Fan / Gas Mark 4
2. Line muffin tray with 9 cupcake cases or 12 fairy cases
3. Cream butter + sugar
4. Beat in eggs + vanilla extract
5. Mix in flour
6. Add a bit of milk until the mixture is of a dripping consistency (see photo below)
7. Spoon into paper cases and bake at Gas Mark 4 for 15 minutes, until the cakes are golden-brown on top and a skewer or fork comes out clean.
After you take the cakes out of the oven, let them cool in the muffin tin for 10 minutes. Then remove from the tin.
This is how the cupcakes looked out of the oven.
How to make icing
1. Beat butter until soft
2. Add half the icing sugar + beat until smooth
3. Add the rest of the icing sugar + 1 tbsp milk until the mixture is smooth and creamy
4. Spoon into piping bag with a star nozzle
5. Pipe in a spiralling motion
6. Add sprinkles on top
And that’s it! Here are how the cakes look. I was really impressed, as these have been made by the kids with a minimal amount of help from me. The most I did was finish off the mixing of ingredients as we have been doing this by hand.
I have two happy kids, proud of their cupcakes. And having tried them, I can confirm they taste good.
If you want to introduce your kids to baking cakes, this is the best recipe to start off with. Have a go!