How to Make 1 2 3 4 Cake

1-2-3-4 cake is so-called because the initial ingredients are required in those very amounts. This is an old Victorian recipe, updated for modern cooks.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (230g) butter
  • 2 cups (400g) sugar
  • 3 cups (375g) flour (all-purpose/plain)
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract/essence
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240 ml) milk

Steps

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    Cream together the butter and sugar.
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    Beat in the yolks of 4 eggs and the vanilla.
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    Sift and add flour, baking powder, and salt alternately with the milk, beating after each addition.
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    Fold in 4 stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour batter into a lightly greased and floured. Fill 2/3 full.
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    Bake for 1 hour at 375ºF/190ºC or until cake springs back when touched. Before removing from pan, allow cake to cool for 10 minutes. Place on a wire cooling rack to cool completely after 10 minutes.
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    Decorate. When cool, dust with confectioner's sugar. This cake is best served with pieces or fruit compote.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Egg whisk
  • 2 1/2 quart tube pan
  • Wire cooling rack

Article Info

Categories: Cakes