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My grandmother, Gladys Payne Gittens, emigrated from Barbados around 1906. Thanks to my friend Elayne, to whom I gave a copy, I was able to find this again on Mother's Day. It's a great simple cake, perfect with tea.
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- 300g caster sugar
- 450g butter
- 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 375g plain flour
- 4 eggs
- 475ml milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:1hr15min ›Ready in:1hr30min
- Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Lightly grease and flour one 23 or 25cm tube cake tin.
- By hand cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs all at once and beat well.
- Sift the flour and the baking powder together. Add to butter mixture along with 1/2 of the milk. Continue to beat well (the batter will be doughy). Add the remaining milk along with the vanilla and almond extracts. Pour batter into the prepared tin.
- Bake at 200 C / Gas 6 for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 180 C / Gas 4 and continue baking for 15 minutes longer.
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My mum used to make plain cake when i was young,she was from Dominica,looked for this recipe for years, just like my mum used to make,reminds me of her lovely cooking.PS mum used granulated sugar as caster sugar was too expensive,still tasted great.-08 Apr 2017
This is an excellent recipe and I will make it again with one BIG CHANGE.The temperature of 400 degrees is way too hot. I bake at least one or two cakes a week and have a professional stove. It scorched the top after 45 minutes with that hot of an oven. I never made it far enough to lower the oven to bake it for another 15 like the directions state.Next time I'll bake it at 325-350 degrees for one hour and then adjust accordingly.-16 May 2003
This was awesome!!! I have been looking for this recipe for ages and am thankful that I finally found it The cake tasted exactly like it did when I grew up in the island of Barbados. Wow!! I have a picture of how it turned out too. I did not hand-mix, but used a KitchenAid mixture instead and I had to lower the temperature to 325 because 400 was definitely too high. However, the quantities were PERFECT!!!!-27 Nov 2006