Sunday, 9 October 2011

Julie Goodwins 'Never Fail Cake'

It was cold and raining outside, the type of weather that makes me want to turn my oven on and make something warm and delicious.

Looking over at my bookshelf and seeing Julie Goodwins book (aka Mother of all home comfort foods) I knew she would have something in those pages that would fit the bill perfectly.

'Never Fail Cake'. It doesn't quiet explain why its a never fail cake apart from the mention of how easy it is to make. Seemed perfect for me as cakes and I generally don't get along.

The only issue I had with this cake was the cooking time. The recipe says to bake for 45 minutes but mine was no where near cooked by then. Overall it took about an hour but I'm pretty sure my cake tin was bigger then the recipe specified. So I suggest baking for 45 minutes, check it and go from there. If it starts to get too brown, cover with foil.

The ingredients also calls for a 'good pinch of salt' but I'll be damned if I can find where to add it in the method. If anyone out there knows what that's about please let me know as its driving me mental!

From Julie Goodwins "Our Family Table"
250gm unsalted butter - chopped and softened
2 cups caster sugar
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
3 cups self raising flour
1 1/2 cups milk

1. Pre heat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease a 26cm spring form cake tin and line the base with non stick baking paper. Using electric beaters, beat the butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition, then beat in the vanilla essence.
2. Stir in 1 cup of the flour, then 1/2 cup of the milk. Repeat until all the flour and milk is used, and make sure there are no lumps in the batter. Transfer to the prepared cake tin.
3. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the cake springs back when gently touched in the middle and comes away from the edges of the pan. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then release the sides and cool completely on a wire rack before icing with a simple butter frosting.
4. Serve and enjoy :)


  1. This cake is enormous and delicious. Perfect for when guests are coming over. Great recipe to have up ur sleeve. I've made it with a lemon icing and a passion fruit icing both were delicious

  2. This cake is amazing