As of late, I’ve been a busy girl. Busy, busy, busy girl. So naturally this recipe for Busy Day Cake spoke to me – how I love a quick cake.
Let me perfectly honest my friends – this cake is no show-stopper. It’s not that glam, in fact, it’s kind of plain Jane but that being said, this plain cake is perfect for snacking, it lends itself to being frosted by any flavor of icing you might desire, and best of all, it’s quick. Really quick.
You know what else is quick? The “frosting” that I chose for this cake. I use the word “frosting” extremely loosely because all it is, is melted chocolate chips. Embarrassingly simple.
A couple minutes after I took the cake out of the oven, I covered it with chocolate chips, waited a few minutes for the heat of the cake to melt them and used my off-set spatula to smooth the “frosting” out. Instant “frosting”.
I must tell you that even though this cake and the “frosting” that I decided to ice it with are easy and busy day quick, it really does make a tasty snack in nearly nearly no time at all. Perfect for any girl (or guy) on the go!
Busy-Day Cake (minimally adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Dessert Cookbook)
(Makes one 8-inch square or 8-inch round cake)
1 ¾ cup cake flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoons salt
¾ cup milk
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
⅓ cup canola oil
6 ounces chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 375˚F. Grease an 8-inch pan and set aside.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, ½ cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Make well in the centre of the flour mixture and add the milk, vanilla and canola oil. Using a hand mixer (or some muscle and a wooden spoon), beat the mixture till smooth, about 2 minutes.
In a medium-sized bowl, beat the egg till it is pale and thick. Gradually add remaining ¼ cup of sugar and continue beating for an additional one to two minutes. Gently fold the egg mixture into batter. Pour into the prepared pan, bake for 20-30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
If desired, sprinkle chocolate chips atop the cake no more than five minutes after it has been removed from the oven. Allow the chips to melt and smooth with the back of a spoon or an off-set spatula. Allow to set at least one hour before enjoying.