Tag Archives: Plain Cakes

Fruit Cake/ Fruit Loaf

My this recipe is the easiest one I know for fruit cakes, no soaking of fruit in wine and no need of fermented brown sugar, all simple and easy just to make your evening tea lovely….. this is a perfect blend of nuts, dry fruits and normal fruits……..

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  • 1 cup mixed dried berries/ baking candy/ dry moist fruits
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • 2 tbspns orange juice
  • 1 tbspn lemon juice


  • 113 g/ ½ cup butter (unsalted)
  • 50 g soft brown sugar
  • 50 g caster white sugar
  • 50 g raw caster sugar
  • 3 x 700 g eggs/ 3 large eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla essence
  • 1 tspn coconut essence
  • 2 drops of yellow food colour
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour/ 190 g plain flour
  • 50 g almond meal (crushed almonds)
  • 1 tbspn heap full of desiccated coconut
  • 1 ½ tspn baking powder
  • ¼ tspn salt
  • Some lemon zest
  • Some orange rind julienned
  • ¼ cup/ 60mL whole milk


  • 4 walnuts
  • Some flaked almonds
  • 4 banana slices
  • Some dry fruit candy


-Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

-In a bowl combine all the ingredients given for fruits and mix. Keep aside until needed.

-Now prepare the batter. In a deep mixing bowl or an electric stand mixer beat sugar and butter for 2 minutes. Add eggs one by one with constant whisking. At this point your mixture may curdle but don’t worry it will be fine after adding dry ingredients.

-Add all the essences and food colour and mix.

-Now it’s time to combine your dry ingredients.

-In a bowl, combine coconut, almond meal, orange rind and lemon zest.

-Now sift in all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder together. Mix well.

-Now mix in fruit into the flour mixture.

-Fold in your flour mixture into your batter.

-Add milk and mix.

-Pour this mixture into a loaf tin lined with greased parchment paper.

-Top it with some walnuts, almonds, fruit and banana slices.

-Bake for 45 – 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

-Allow to cool for 30 minutes.

-Cut a slice and serve with a cup of tea or coffee.

Marble Ring (Choco – Vanilla)

Very easy and quick recipe to make your evening tea colourful …..

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  • 2 self-rising flour + 2 tspns baking powder (sifted together)(if you don’t have self-rising flour take 4 tspns baking powder with normal 2 cups of flour)
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup raw caster sugar
  • 1 tbspn vanilla essence
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup soft butter (NOT MELTED)
  • 2 tbspns good cocoa
  • ¼ cup cold milk


  • 1 cup chocolate sauce (1 cup broken chocolate pieces melted with 1 cup boiling cream)
  • Some chopped nuts


-In a mixing bowl beat (electric beater) sugar and butter for 10 minutes.

-Sift the flour with baking powder and keep aside.

-In the sugar butter mixture, add one egg with constant beating and 1 tbspn of flour mixture. Do the same with other 3 eggs and at the end add the remaining flour mixture. Add half milk to the cake mixture.

-In rest of the milk, mix cocoa powder.

-Separate 1/3 rd of the cake mixture and in that one portion stir in cocoa milk and in the rest 2 portions mix vanilla essence.

-Take a ring mould, grease it with some butter, dust it with some flour and pour half of the vanilla mixture in the mould, then a layer of chocolate mixture and then some vanilla mixture. Repeat the process until the cake mixture is finished.

-Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in a preheated oven at 170 degrees Celsius.

-Make a skewer check and flip it on a cooling rack.

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-Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

-Heat cream in a sauce pan and pour over chocolate pieces. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the sauce is smooth.

-Drizzle it over the cake and garnish with some nuts.

-Refrigerate for 2 hrs and serve.

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Banana Walnut Cake

Banana Walnut Cake is a very easy dry cake to serve with tea or coffee………

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Ayesha’s Kitchen


  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • ½  cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups coarsely mashed very ripe bananas (3 large)
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups walnuts, toasted and chopped


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 3 dollops of cream cheese
  • 1 tbspn sour cream
  • Some walnuts


-Preheat oven to 350F/175°C. Butter 1 (9- by 5- by 3-inch) metal loaf pan, then dust with flour, knocking out excess.

-Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl.

-Beat together eggs and sugar in bowl of electric mixer at medium-high speed until very thick and pale and mixture forms a ribbon when beater is lifted, about 10 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add oil in a slow stream, mixing, then mix in bananas, yogurt, and vanilla. Remove bowl from mixer and fold in flour mixture and walnuts gently but thoroughly.

-Pour the batter into the 19 cm round greased spring form pan, spreading evenly, and bake in middle of oven until golden brown and a wooden pick or skewer comes out clean, 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

-Cool for 10 minutes, then open the spring form.

-Mix in cream cheese, sour cream and icing sugar together. Mash and mix.

-Now with a piping bag decorate this cream on the cake and garnish with chopped walnuts.