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Easy Old School Puds

Updated: Nov 15

1. Caramel Sharing Cake

We made this on bonfire weekend. The caramel flavour is perfect for an Autumn night and it's quick enough to mix together and have baked in under 40 minutes. Baked in a traybake tin or square casserole dish it is easy to portion and serve for a party. It's the kind of cake that can be repurposed for any event.

It is simple and mild in flavour - it's really just a vehicle for the topping of your choice! It would be great slathered with a favourite butter cream or even served with custard. A great one to have in your arsenal.

For The Cake


150g caster sugar

150g butter

3 eggs

180g flour


For the Caramel


200g brown sugar

225g caster sugar

100g butter

1tsp vanilla extract

1 can condensed milk


Method


Mix together butter, vanilla and sugar until combined.


Add eggs and flour and beat until smooth.


Transfer mixture to a 20cm square cake tin or small casserole dish lined with greaseproof paper.


Bake at 180° for 30 minutes.


Make the caramel by gently heating all the ingredients in a pan, until you have a pale, thick sauce. When the Smalls want to help with this I give them the long handled wooden spoons, they sit on their tall stools and stir at arms length with me right next to them. If you don't fancy this or have very tiny ones in the kitchen, simply make this yourself whilst they're busy doing something as the cake cooks. You have to keep stirring so it doesn't burn, but it only takes minutes to come together.


2. Jammy Sponge

Such an easy bake and comfortingly reminiscent of school dinners. Make the same sponge as above and whilst it's cooking empty a jar of jam into a pan and warm it through on a low heat until it's smooth and spreadable. When the cake is cooked, pour / spread the jam over the top and serve in big chunks with custard - tinned is just fine!


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