Baking soothes the soul
Unsettled, squalid weather makes for a perfect cake baking day. And yesterday was such a day. Whether you opt for a sandwich cake filled with something sweet and creamy or whether it’s a cake popped out of a spring form tin, baking a cake – for yourself and/or loved ones – is a pleasurable act.
They say that baking soothes the soul. How can it not?
“The reassuring ritual of quietly weighing out butter, sugar, flour, cracking eggs, whisking, beating and folding”
The smell of a cake wafting through the house providing instant comfort and security from the world outside. The sense of achievement that you managed to combine the ingredients and create an elemental change in them should never be underestimated.
Basic quantities are 225g of self-raising flour, sugar, butter and 4 eggs. Baked for 20/25mins. But feel free to create variations – e.g. for a chocolate sponge swap 2 table spoons of the flour for 2 of cocoa powder.
What filling/topping you go for is a matter of how far you allow your imagination to take you. Sandwich style cakes can be filled with fruits and or cream as well as topped with a dusting of icing sugar, chocolate ganache, or a calorific butter frosting. Whether it’s a childhood psychedelic marble cake or a traditional Victoria sponge cake, there is a nostalgic nursery-teatime quality to the custom of cutting cake. And any iced-cake is ultimately a birthday cake waiting to be called into service.