When it comes to making desserts the first question that pops in my head is: “Is the prep time 20 min or less?”, because… usually, I only have about 20 min to prep.
As a result, I often use the following recipe which is my go-to for no-fail ‘cake type’ desserts, like Bundt cakes, loaf cakes, birthday cakes, muffins and cupcakes.
The original recipe is from an old cookbook dating back to the 1960’s, which has long been misplaced. However, the recipe has evolved over the years. Numerous changes to the main ingredients and amounts, have turned this recipe into a family favorite.
It’s ONE basic recipe for a spongy, moist dessert, with countless variations.
- Prep time: 15 min
- Baking time: 1 hour
- Yields: 2 loaf cakes or 1 Bundt cake or two 9″ round cakes or one 13″x9″ cake or two 8″ square cakes or 24-26 muffins or cupcakes
1 1/4 cups Crisco® vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
5 eggs (yes, 5, this is not a typo)
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350°F
Spray baking pan with nonstick cooking spray
In a bowl, mix oil and sugar
Add eggs, milk and vanilla
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl
Slowly add the dry ingredients into the egg mixture
Mix until creamy
At this point you can throw in your choice of add-ins (see ‘Variations’ section below)
Place the batter into the baking pans
Bake for 1 hour
This is my favorite part. You can add anything you want to the basic batter… and make your own creations!
Here are some of my favorites:
Classic Marble Cake
Place 1/3 of the plain batter aside
Add 1/4 cup cocoa to it
and an additional 3 tbsp of milk
Place plain batter in the pan.
Add chocolate batter on top of plain batter.
Then swirl the chocolate batter into the plain batter using a knife.
Veggie & Nut Cake
1/3 cup carrots
1/3 cup zucchini
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 mashed banana
Cranberry Orange Cake
1 cup cranberries
1 tsp orange zest
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh lemon zest
2 tsp poppy seeds
Turn any of the above combinations into other types of desserts, like Bundt cakes, cupcakes, muffins, etc.
Experiment with different add-ins too! The possibilities are endless 🙂
Add 2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries to the basic mix
Chocolate Chip Muffins
Add 1 cup of chocolate chips to the basic batter
Freeze & Store For Later
Once cooled, place your baked creations in large freezer bags and freeze them to enjoy throughout the season. Thaw them overnight and enjoy the next day.
(Mug from Hawkins Pottery, PEI)
Happy spring baking!
More dessert recipes?