If you need a baking experiment on a rainy weekend, start with this simple cake recipe that requires only five easy-to-find ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder. This cake serves as a good foundation, and how you change up the proportions, make substitutions and add other flavorings is what creates varying flavors and recipes.
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with a wire whisk until thoroughly mixed. To soften the stick of butter, warm it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
Next, add two eggs and beat until everything is combined.
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Add the flour and baking powder and beat for another minute until the batter is smooth without any lumps.
Pour the batter into a nonstick cake pan or a regular pan that's been prepped with butter and flour. If you use an 8x8 pan, bake for 25-30 minutes, and 20-25 minutes if you use a larger pan. You'll know the cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean when you poke it in the center of the cake.