I love cakes. And cakes love me back. But more than that, I love the joy of baking. The waft of freshly baked cakes filling the air, the anticipation of poking a cake knife and hoping that it comes out clean, the step by step addition of simple ingredients and quietly licking a bit of batter and icing when no one’s around; such a happy event! It is creating, it is an achievement and an art that you can master and proudly pass on to the generations to come. You can’t buy this, you got to earn it; and perhaps this is why the whole thing is so special to me! And baking can turn any day into a special one! That’s where its beauty lies.

It was a Wednesday, a rainy day and I needed some goodness! A traditional vanilla, yellow cake perhaps, with a cup of tea and a book overlooking my rain soaked window!

All it took (Ingredients)

1 cup of flour

50 gm butter

¾  cup castor sugar

2 eggs

1tbsp of baking powder

A pinch of salt

1 tbsp of vanilla extract

1 tbsp of clarified butter

3 tbsp of milk


Beat the eggs till its light and fluffy. Add in the sugar and the vanilla. In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Fold in the eggs and mix well. Add in the milk and the clarified butter and beat well.

The baking dilemmas

For oven:

If you have an oven, grease a baking pan of your desired shape and bake for 30 minutes or until the tooth comes out clean at 180 degree.

For Pressure Cooker

If you are baking in a pressure cooker, preheat the pressure cooker for 2 minutes under high heat. Take aluminum or a steel container of your choice or that fits in. Grease the pan and pour in the cake batter. Bake it for 35 minutes under medium to low flame. Make sure to take off the whistle.

Your cake will be ready, by the time you get ready for a good read or a good movie. Enjoy!

Hush: I’m trying a sugar frosting today, wait for my blog tomorrow! Ta J

6 thoughts on “Traditional Yellow Cake”

  1. mmmmm.. this sounds soo delicious!! since im not that good in the kitchen i will def make my friend make me one of these.. And with the sugar frosting too 😛

  2. Mmmmm – never made a cake in a pressure cooker. Is it the clarified butter that makes this cake yellow?
    Your tribute to your mum in the post below is lovely. Hope she had a good day.

    1. Janice!!!! Its so good to see your comment. Well, to be honest, i have no clue why it becomes yellow. That’s still a mystery to me. Maybe because it is very basic and takes up its own color from the ingredients. I bake this because of sheer nostalgia. When i was a kid, i used to call this station cake- why so, again, i have no clue!
      Yeah, mom had a great day. Thank you!..just wish i was near her.

    2. Janice, also, yes. You can bake a cake in a pressure cooker and i did it once. Its as easy as counting one-two-three and comes out just as an oven baked cake. The physics is pretty simple though- uniform heat!

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