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Make a sponge cake without using butter

make a cake without butter

Here’s a great recipe how to make a scrumptious sponge cake without the use of butter or margarine

In Spain, it’s normal for people to make their sponge cakes without the use of butter or margarine, or milk!

What do they use instead then? you may ask yourself.

I was working in a nursery, when a mum came up to me and gave me a slice of her son’s birthday cake. Me, being a faithful lover of cakes and biscuits took it upon myself to wolf it down. And let me tell you, it was the yummiest cake ever! Yes, even more scrumptious than my banana and raisin cake.

I just had to know how this slice of palatable heaven had been brought into existence. The mum in question, Mrs. Wowwzers-This-Is-So-Tasty (Name changed to avoid you tracking her down and begging her to bake it for you) told me with a huge smile that it was the first time she had ever baked such a cake, and that the recipe in question had been given to her from a Spanish friend. With a huge beam, Mrs Wowwzers-This-Is-So-Tasty informed me that the cake contained absolutely no butter or margarine, and no milk. I didn’t even know such a feat was possible! I was brought up on the solid belief that all cakes had to contain butter or margarine. My recipe books were full of evidence.

So, come on, tell us – what was the magic ingredient that replaced the butter?

Some of you may already know or have guessed by now. Maybe some of you have always been using this substitute ingredient all along? Please let me now if you have, as it was new to my ears and all the people that I know.

Olive oil! Yes, Mrs Wowwzers-This-Is-So-Tasty informed me that Spanish people were accustomed to putting olive oil in cakes instead of butter or marge. And then she hit me again with yet another surprising ingredient. The cake also contained a pot of natural yogurt. Who would have thought – not me! And to astonish me further, she told me that also bicarbonate of soda was added in with the plain flour instead of baking powder or self-raising flour.

You can probably tell that I’m not a regular cake baker right! To me, all cakes were made with self-raising flour, eggs, butter, milk and sugar. Not once did it occur to me to be adventurous and use olive oil and soda. Thank you Mrs. Wowwzers-This-Is-So-Tasty for enlightening me and sending me on a path to messing up the kitchen counters and experimenting with items that are in the back of my cupboards.

I’ve since had quite a few attempts at making this no butter or milk sponge cake. Most of them turned out quite ok for an amateur. But see if you can do better and let me know how you get on.

Sometimes I sprinkle in raisins, and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I add a squeeze of lemon juice. And sometimes I add in crushed almonds. It’s entirely up to you – it’s now your butter-free creation. And you don’t even need weighing scales or special measuring cups!

sponge cake without butter or margarine

Recipe for Mrs Wowwzers-This-Is-So-Tasty’s butter-free sponge cake

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized eggs
  • 1 cup of natural yogurt (I used a small 125g pot)
  • 1 yogurt cup measure of olive oil
  • 2 yogurt cup measures of sugar (brown or white)
  • 4 yogurt cup measures of flour (wholemeal or plain)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

Let’s get started making this cake…

  • Separate the egg whites and beat them until the liquid is fluffy and white.
  • Add in the egg yolks and whisk it all together.
  • Add in all the other ingredients: measures of sugar, olive oil, flour, yogurt, bicarbonate of soda.
    (Squeeze in fresh lemon juice if you are doing a lemon cake)
  • Optional: You can either leave the mix like this, or add in any other ingredients that you may prefer. Such as one mashed banana. Mixed dried fruit. Crushed pineapple pieces. Canned cherries. Etc.
  • Now give it all a good mix.
  • Line/grease a cake tin – and pour in the mixture.
  • Place in a pre-heated oven at 180º for 40 mins. or until it is golden brown and baked all the way through. Test it with a skewer if needed.

Ice the cake if you wish

sponge cake without butter or margarine

I turned my butter-free cake into a birthday cake by icing it and adding sprinkles.

Find out here what is the difference between a fairy-cake and a cupcake!

Enjoy your butter-free sponge cake, courtesy of me and Mrs. Wowwzers-This-Is-So-Tasty

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Mr. Men themed birthday party

Mr Men birthday party

Have a Mr. Men themed birthday party

Have you already introduced your child to the Mr. Men and the Little Miss characters? Every child’s bookshelf deserves to be stacked with at least 6 Mr. Men and Little Miss books!

The Mr. Men by Roger Hargreaves are such fun and lovable characters. With names such as Mr. Happy, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Bump, Mr. Small, Mr. Jelly, Mr. Greedy – and my all time favourite Mr. Tickle, children quickly fall in love with them and get immersed in their adventurous stories. The first books appeared shortly after 1971. The Mr. Men children’s series shot to fame on T.V’s across the U.K in 1974. It was narrated by the forever nostalgic voice of the English actor Arthur Lowe (1915 – 1982) The Mr. Men continue enjoying their well deserved fame, not just in the United Kingdom, but all over the world!

The Little Misses appeared in book form in 1981. Little Miss Sunshine, Little Miss Helpful, Little Miss Shy, and many more are out there to accompany the Mr. Men on their never ending adventures.

Once you know that your child is a Mr. Men / Little Miss fan – then it’s time to invite these characters into your home and have a dazzling children’s party with the Mr. Men and Little Misses as the guests of honour!

First think about making your own Mr. Men cupcakes!

Mr. Men and little Miss cupcakes recipe
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Try this recipe for making perfect Mr. Men Cupcakes / Fairy Cakes

When you click on the link below, it will re-direct you to the official Mr. Men website where you will be able to view the recipe right away:

Mr. Men Little Miss Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Experiment with your icing designs!

Mr Men cupcakes Chucakes
Mr. Men cupcakes made by ‘Chucakes’
Mr Men Little Misses birthday party theme
Mr Men birthday cake toppers

For your Mr. Men / Little Miss themed birthday party you will need to go out in search for party supplies.

Please try to find supplies made from paper and recyclable material. There’s still way too much single use plastic out there! We definitely don’t need to use plastic straws any more.

Maybe you can get all the fun supplies at the shops in your area? If you are having difficulty to locate everything that you need, then all you have to do is search on Amazon, or use our link, and you’ll be sure to find what you are looking for to complete your Mr. Men / Little Miss party. The children will love it, and so will the adults that also grew up with The Mr. Men and the nostalgic voice of Arthur Lowe.

Mr Men themed party supplies
Mr. Men paper plates, cups and napkins

(Depending on your country) Amazon has lots of Mr. Men Party accessories to insure that the kids will have a great time having a Mr. Men or Little Misses themed birthday party.

Be sure to search Amazon for more accessories that display your child’s fav Mr. Men or Little Miss characters! – cake toppers, party bags, cups, napkins, tablecloths, banners, balloons, birthday cards, invitations, etc.

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Build wonderful memories for each child who attends the party – treat each one to a goody-bag with a Mr. Men or Little Miss Birthday book in it to take home with them!?  

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Mr Men Party theme
Mr. Men themed party supplies

Wanna know the difference between ‘cupcakes and fairycakes’?

Our article will quickly explain the differences between cupcakes and fairycakes! – And we’ll also give you some yummy recipes!

What is the difference between cupcakes and fairycakes?

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The best apple & pear crumble in the world

Apple and pear crumble

The Best apple and pear crumble in the world

This is our own apple & pear crumble recipe, so yes, we have to boast about how yummy it really is

Your kids will enjoy licking their bowls and asking for more. If they happen to be picky eaters and this apple and pear crumble doesn’t sound too inviting for your child’s palette, then after the recipe you will see other options.

Now, let’s get ready to crumble!…

Ingredients

You will need…

Apples and pears

    • 3 medium/large cooking apples (any type of apple is actually also ok, it’s just that cooking apples are yummier due to their tart taste – Granny Smith apples are the best example of a sour, tart apple)
    • 4 medium sized pears
    •  65g of brown sugar and 65g of white sugar (You can just stick to white or brown sugar if you wish)
    • 55g of wholemeal flour 55g of white flour (Again, you can just use one type of flour if you wish)
    • 50g of butter (or margarine if you prefer)
    • A handful of raisins or sultanas
  • All spice for baking (Or a pinch of nutmeg)

Heat the oven to gas mark 5 or 109ºC. Place the shelf just above the centre of the oven

Method

  1. Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter, then stir in just 75g of the sugar at this stage!
  2. Cut the apples and pears into quarters, then remove the peel and core.
  3. Separate the apples from the pears (This is because the apples need to be stewed a bit and the pears don’t)
  4. Cut the apples and pears into slices. Place the pears into an ovenproof dish (approx. 1 litre dish)
  5. Place the apples into a cooking pot. Add a small amount of water just to barely cover the bottom of the pot. Add in the rest of the sugar. Add in the raisins. Add in half a teaspoon of all spice or a pinch of nutmeg. Leave to simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the apples are soft, but not mushy.
  6. Pour the apples and sultanas onto the pears. Give it a little stir.
  7. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the fruit – then pop it in the oven
  8. Bake for about 40 minutes until the fruit is soft and the crumble is a pale golden brown.

 

 

Apple and pear crumble
The best apple and pear crumble in the world!

Best served with custard or ice-cream

 

Be adventurous! Next time make a crumble with a different kind of fruit…

(Use a total of 500g of fruit for each of these crumble recipes)

  • Plum crumble
  • Rhubarb crumble
  • Gooseberry crumble
  • Blackberry and apple crumble

Can you think of anymore types of crumble to try?

 

 

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Yummy banana and raisin cake

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Yummy banana and raisin cake

This delicious banana and raisin cake will be a sure winner with your kids

This cake banana and raisin cake is moist and oh so good. You can eat it sliced, spread with a little butter if you like – We personally prefer it without – as ‘operation bikini’ is still in effect. 

Here’s our easy to follow recipe for…

Banana and Raisin Cake

Banana and Raisin Cake

Ingredients

  • 75g butter
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 table spoon honey or golden syrup
  • 1 rounded teaspoon of baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 medium, ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 150g wholemeal flour
  • 100g white self-raising flour
  • 100g raisin (or sultanas)

Prepare the oven – gas mark 4, 180ºC. Position shelf in the centre.

Grease a medium loaf tin or line it with grease-proof paper (of course you can use a rounded cake tin too)

Now get ready to do the mixing –  do you dare to let the kids help?!

  • Beat the butter with the sugar until it is light and fluffy
  • Beat in the egg
  • Mash in the bananas and mix well
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt. (If your mix is looking a bit dry, then stir in a tablespoon of water)
  • Now mix in the raisins/sultanas
Banana and Raisin Cake

Put the banana and raisin cake into the oven and let it bake for 1 – 1 1/4 hours approx.

Test it with a skewer – it should come out clean and not gooey. Leave this yummy banana and raisin cake in the tin for about 10 minutes, then let it cool on a wire tray.

Let us know how it went down!

Tip for parents – this cake is even yummier with a cup of your favourite tea, your feet up and the kids in bed! 

Banana and Raisin Cake

Feeling adventurous – go on and make some fairy cakes – jump to our recipes for Fairy cakes, Queen Cakes, Cherry Cakes and Butterfly Cakes!

 

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Cupcakes verse Fairy-cakes

Cupcakes-verse-fairy-cakes

Cupcakes verse Fairy Cakes

We’ll get to ‘Muffins – Scones – Cookies – Biscuits’ later on!

So, lets start with Cupcakes and Fairy Cakes – what is the difference?

When I was little growing up in England, ‘cupcake’ was a word solely used by Americans.

No English person would dare mention the word ‘Cupcake’ – it just sounded weird and very wrong in our corner of the world – We called them ‘Fairy-Cakes’.

What is the difference between a Cupcake and a Fairy Cake?

They are now pretty much the same! – I find it personally sad to admit, the word ‘Fairy Cake’ is now near – non-existant…

But, once upon a time there was a small difference.

Fairy Cakes were made from ‘Victoria Sponge’ cake mix. They were smaller and flatter than cupcakes as they were made in shallower tins. Fairy Cakes came with a blob of glace icing on top and would sometimes have coloured sprinkles on top or a bright red glazed cherry, and currants or raisins inside them.

As you can see, cupcakes are a whole new ball game. They are way bigger and naughtier. There are so many designs and ways to construct the topping – the only problem I have with cupcakes is how do you eat them! For Fairy Cakes all it took was small neat bites and nothing could go wrong, just a few messy crumbs – but Cupcakes! – you need to open you mouth as wide as a T-Rex and still you’ll manage to get icing all over your hands and on the back of your head. Alternately, you can just get a fork and eat it in a ‘civilised’ way – but kids are kids, they shouldn’t need cutlery to gobble-up cakes at a birthday party – they are allowed to get messy and give you lots of cleaning up time. 

Which ones would you prefer to eat – Cupcakes or Fairy Cakes? Me – BOTH! 

The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes
Fairy Cakes
The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes
Cupcakes

It took me many years before I was able to use the American word of ‘Cupcake’ – and even now it still seems weird and hurts a little. And as for cookies – don’t get me started hahahaha – we had ‘biscuits’ – if our biscuits had chocolate chips in them, then they were called cookies! – otherwise – BISCUITS! (More about Cookies and Biscuits in my other Post)

Just in case you don’t have a yummy Cupcake / Fairy Cake recipe, here’s one for you…

18 pretty little cakes

  • 125g/5oz self raising flour
  • 100g / 4oz margarine or butter
  • 100g / 40z sugar, preferably castor sugar
  • 2 eggs

The oven should be on gas mark 4 / 190ºc. Place the shelf just above the centre. Have 18 paper cases ready to put in there.

Sieve the flour into a bowl. Add all the other ingredients. Beat well with a mixer or wooden spoon until light and fluffy.

Divide the mix between the paper cases. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes until they are all well risen, firm, and golden brown.

BONUS:

Queen  Fairy Cakes…

The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes - Queen cakes
Queen Fairy Cakes

Make exactly as above, but add 50g / 20z of currants or sultanas to the mixture

 

Cherry Fairy Cakes…

The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes - cherry cakes
Cherry Fairy Cakes

Make exactly as above, but add 50g / 20z of cherries that have been washed, dried and chopped.

 

Butterfly Fairy Cakes…

The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes - butterfly cakes
Butterfly Fairy Cakes

Make some Fairy Cakes as described above. Make some butter cream by sieving 100g / 40z of icing sugar, adding 50g / 20z margarine or butter and 2 tsp milk, and beating together until smooth and light. Slice the tops off the cakes. Cut each top in two to make ‘wings’. Put a little butter cream on each cake and replace the wings. Sieve a little icing sugar over the top of the cakes.

 

Have a Mr. Men themed birthday party

Mr Men Little Misses birthday party theme pack

Try this recipe for making perfect Mr. Men Cupcakes / Fairy Cakes

When you click on the link below, it will securely re-direct you to the official Mr. Men website where you will be able to view the recipe right away:

Mr. Men Little Miss Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Experiment with your icing designs!

Mr Men cupcakes Chucakes
Mr. Men cupcakes made by ‘Chucakes’
Mr Men Little Misses birthday party theme
Mr Men birthday cake toppers

Amazon has lots of Mr. Men Party accessories to insure  that the kids will have a great time having a Mr. Men or Little Misses themed birthday party.

Be sure to search Amazon for more accessories that display your child’s fav Mr. Men or Little Miss characters! – cake toppers, party bags, cups, napkins, tablecloths, banners, balloons, birthday cards, invitations, etc.

Build wonderful memories for each child who attends the party – treat each one to a little Mr. Men or Little Miss Birthday book to take home with them!?  

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Amazon US – All Mr. Men and Little Miss books!

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Amazon UK – All Mr. Men and Little Miss books!

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