Makes 2 large layers
by Gina Hughes

The original recipe for this cake batter came from Despina Tanner (from Boucla café in Subi) who used it to make her wonderful Plum Buttercake. Despina always stressed that when baking, eggs should be at room temperature, so I take them out of the fridge the day before I plan to bake, along with the butter I am going to use. I put these two items in the cake pan I will be using. Other dairy is taken out an hour before I bake. Having the chill off these items I believe makes a difference … but if you forget to do this please don't worry … it is just a suggestion, and you can decide for yourself what you prefer to do.

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  • Cake
  • 250 g butter (room temperature)
  • 150 g plain thin style yoghurt, room temperature
  • 200 g full cream milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla - Bean Paste or extract BUY
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 420 g golden caster sugar
  • 400 g SR flour
  • 40 g custard powder
  • Icing
  • 1 Batch Creamy Vanilla Icing Recipe



Preheat oven to 170ºC (fan forced), with rack in the middle of the oven. Grease and line 24 cm round cake tin.


Place butter into Thermomix bowl and mix 40 sec/50ºC/speed 4 (this will loosen up the butter, but not melt it completely which you don’t want to do … if it is completely melted the cake will be heavier).


Insert butterfly, then add yoghurt, milk, vanilla and eggs and mix 10 sec/speed 3.


Add sugar, flour and custard powder. The bowl will be very full so use the spatula to stir though some of the batter to bring liquid from the bottom to the top before continuing. Replace lid and mix 10 sec/speed 3.


Scrape around sides with spatula then mix 30 sec/speed 3.


Pour batter into cake tin smoothing the top when you have finished.


Bake for 1 hour, or when a skewer inserted into centre comes out clean.


Cool for 15 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely before icing.


This is a large cake, so perfect for birthdays and other family celebrations.

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