My mom has always baked this cake ever since I can remember. I even celebrated a birthday in school cutting this cake with my best friend. It has been a family favorite for years and is the simplest of recipes to prepare. I've called it a caramel cake because some of the sugar is caramelized before adding it to the cake mixture. And this is how you do it.
- Flour - 3/4 cup
- Sugar - 3/4 cup powdered
- Sugar - 1/2 cup for caramelizing
- Unsalted butter - 50 grams
- Eggs - 3
- Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
- Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
- Powdered cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg - a pinch of each
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Caramelize the sugar. To do this, heat the sugar in a bowl over medium heat till it melts and turns a dark reddish brown. When that happens, remove from heat and add a dash of water and mix well. This stops the caramelized sugar from solidifying. Be careful when you add the water. There will be a lot of spluttering.
- Beat the eggs, butter and powdered sugar on medium speed till creamy.
- Mix the flour, baking powder and spices and fold it into the egg mixture.
- Add the caramelized sugar and vanilla essence and mix well.
- Pour into a greased baking tin and bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Take out, cool and serve.
This works brilliantly well as an accompaniment to your evening tea and also with some ice cream!