This is a cake that I whip up in 15 minutes and bake for 40 minutes. When guests call and say they will be at my place in less than an hour, I make this for tea and gossip. Goes well with wine as well.
All-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups
Butter 180 g
Sugar 1 cup
Baking powder 1 tsp
Vanilla 1 tsp
Whole almonds 10
Milk 2 tbsps
Cream the butter and sugar together till it is smooth.
Beat the eggs in a bowl and add to the mix. Whisk well to get the air in.
Sift the flour and baking powder together and mix into the beaten mixture.
Add the vanilla essence and milk and mix well.
Pour into a greased cake tin. I used a heart-shaped cake tin for a change.
Arrange the almonds on top. They will sink in as the batter rises in the oven.
Bake in 160 degree C oven for 40 minutes but check after 30. A toothpick stuck into the cake should come out clean.
Cool on a rack and cut into cubes. Serve with tea or red wine.