Issue 137: Cake-walk – Theme and variations

I’m out of musical inspiration this week, so here’s a recipe for cake instead.

Take 1 (small) pot of plain yoghurt, 2 yoghurt pots (use the same pot) of self-raising flour, 1-and-a-half yoghurt pots of sugar, Quarter of a yoghurt pot of light, mild oil (I use olive), 2 eggs.

Mix this all together, pour into a suitable greased and lined tin, and bake for around 35 minutes at around 170C. Test by poking cake with a toothpick – if it comes out clean, the cake is probably done.


Chocolate – add a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder, use brown sugar

Fruit – use brown sugar, add a couple of handfuls of dried mixed fruit and a tablespoon of mixed spice


Lemon Drizzle – grate the zest of a lemon into the mixture; squeeze the lemon and add 4 tablespoons sugar to the juice. Pour this over the cooked cake while it is still hot.

Fresh Fruit – use a fruit-flavoured yoghurt (purple coloured ones come out grey when cooked but taste fine) and throw in a handful of blueberries or strawberries or chopped apple

Improvisation – over to you!

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