Hi from sunny Wales…I smell cake, do you?

Technology is a funny thing, just when you think you have gotten away from it all, there pops up this internet cafe in the local town and wifi connection on our campsite. All is not lost I will spend a few mins sharing 😉

Caravan food is like normal food. People think because you are away in a van that you have to eat baked beans all the time. We don’t, I think if we did our tummies might explode or our rear ends would be extremely noisy!

Big man and I baked a cake the other day. The problem isn’t ingredients but what to mix in? Well a pan does just as well as anything with a wooden spoon makes for big muscles and a well-earned cake!

I don’t always bother with scales or cups at the best of times (unless it’s a new recipe) so why bother now? So we put in a few scoops of this that and the other, crack an egg or three, into a tin then the oven.

Voila….all the campsite desperate to know whose van the gorgeous smell is coming from and jammy smiles and sticky fingers from us!

So for normal people with scales, bowls, kitchen mixers or wooden spoons and pans like us here’s how to do it.

2 small baking tins, ours were cheap ones from Wilkinsons. About 80 something pence each if I remember right. Because it’s a caravan with a gas oven we used gas 5, at home I would probably use 180 deg C. I don’t know if that’s the right equivalent but you could look it up with google or in a good recipe book. As for ingredients, you could play guess the weight like we did!

6oz soft butter or marg

6oz sugar, any type

6oz self-raising flour

3 eggs

Do the usual, mix together butter and sugar in the pan with wooden spoon, beat it up like crazy till your muscles look (or at least feel like popeye). Crack eggs into something, anything to hand, a plastic cereal bowl, cup, whatever. Beat the egg with a fork. Mix in a bit of flour and a bit of egg gradually till it’s all mixed in. Put into greased, lined tins. I won’t say what to line them with, it depends what you have, you could use leaves off of the closest bush but we prefer greaseproof, although I have used foil when we didn’t have any.


Place in the oven for about 20 mins, wafting the smell out of the windows all the time.caravan cakecaravan cake
caravan cake Cool and spread with the Damson Jam you made. You aren’t going to want the big stones on there so don’t forget to suck them like sweeties before you put them in the bin or give them to someone smaller minding that they don’t choke when laughing at the confusion on people’s faces as they walk past smelling that cakey smell.

Sandwich together then take wedges onto the lawn for your guests or just take a wedge outside the caravan and sit on the grass getting yourself nice and sticky like we did.caravan cake

We made crumble for pudding with some plums that we found too. Yes that was a different day-we don’t look like weeble people! I’m running out of time so will add that another day. 

Nice to see you guys again anyway…..


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