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Sometimes you just want a piece of cake, am I right? All the better if the cake is homemade from the easiest cake recipe ever. I whipped this up in a half hour after dinner the other day.

This cake is definitely not Mediterranean diet, but if you follow the Mediterranean diet on most days, then it won’t hurt to eat a little cake now and then.

This was originally a cupcake recipe by Nigella Lawson but I’ve adapted it to be a single layer simple cake with various flavors. This is the easiest cake recipe ever because it is made in a food processor. The original recipe called for vanilla extract but I usually use a fruit-flavored liqueur instead. I’ve used framboise, strawberry liqueur, and in this case limoncello. I’ve even made it with almond extract. It’s a very versatile recipe.

3/4 cup self-rising flour
7 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1/2 cup very soft unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of liqueur (Nigella calls for 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract)
4 tablespoons of whole milk
Frosting of your choice (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line an 8-inch round pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper and edges of pan with butter, and dust with flour.

Put all of the ingredients except the milk into a food processor. Pulse until the dry ingredients start to blend with the wet. Then put full on for a few seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Put full on again until well blended. Then add the milk a little at a time. This will make a nice smooth batter. You don’t want it too wet and runny.

Carefully remove the mixing blade. Pour the batter into the baking pan.

Cook in the oven for 25 minutes, or until golden. Poke the center of the cake with a toothpick or a sharp knife. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.

Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Then remove and place on a cooling rack.

When the cake is completely cool, swirl on some frosting, or eat as is perhaps with a few berries.


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