350g unsalted butter

150g caster/granulated sugar

4 egg yolks

225g plain flour

7.5ml baking powder

30ml milk

5ml Vanilla extract

For lemon add grated rind 2 lemons

For coffee add 10ml coffee disolved in 30ml water, cooled, instead of milk

8 egg whites

150g sugar

225g flour


Serves: 2 x 8 - 10" Cakes or 3-4 1lb loaf tins

Source: Adapted from Dan Lepard's Vanilla Layer Cake


Line the tins with paper or use liners

Pre heat over to 160C with bottom heat if available


Beat together butter, sugar and egg yolks until light and fluffy.

Add milk and vanilla and/or other flavouring

Beat in flour and baking powder.

In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff then add sugar and whisk till combined.

Gently beat into cake mix alternating with remaining flour.

Spoon into prepared cake tins

Bake for 25-30 mins approx until the mix begins to come away from the sides and a skewer comes out clean. The cakes will not be very dark in colour.

Leave to cool then layer and ice or split and ice in your favourite way.

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