Sunday, June 10, 2012

Milan Cake

I've found an old baking book which I got from my neighbour who passed away a couple years ago. I had a few minutes time and saw an interesting and fast recipe for a cake. It was called "Milan Cake". The recipe was really easy and the food processor made the whole job. So here's the recipe:

  • 2 eggs
  • 5 oz (150 g) sugar
  • 1 vanilla sugar or some vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon OR cardamon (I used cinnamon)
  • a few drops of lemon flavour
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl oz / 120 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (8fl oz / 240 ml) milk
  • 7 oz (200 g) flour, all purpose
  • 2 oz (50 g) starch flour / cornstarch
  • 2-3 tsp baking powder (not baking soda!)
  1. Mix the eggs + sugar + vanilla sugar + salt + cinnamon + lemon flavour for a few minutes in the kitchen machine.
  2. Add the oil and the milk.
  3. Add slowly the flours mixed with the baking powder and mix it again for 2 minutes
  4. Oil a cake pan and add some baking paper on the bottom of it, so you will be able to remove the cake easily.
  5. Bake the cake for about 60 minutes at well, something around 180°C. Since I have a gas oven I bake the cakes at my gas mark 2-3, but don't ask me how high the temperature is because I have no idea. Just try and observe the cake every 10 minutes. If it's getting too fast dark, reduce the temperature.
  6. After 20-30 minutes, just cut the cake with a knife in the middle, so that you will get a nice crack along the cake.
If you want, you can make a frosting: use some powdered sugar and just a few drops of water/ lemon juice or a frosting from the supermarket. I used the last one because I had one left. It was quite funny - as maybe some of you know, the European Union is one big single market and nobody wonders to get every stupid package of food or other goods with descriptions in 5-6-7-8 languages at once. It's normal. But today also I got shocked after I could count 21 languages on a stupid package of cake frosting...

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