Baking On A Budget - Autumn Spice Cake Recipe

Hey beaut's!

It's no secret that I love to bake, the only thing is that believe it or not baking can get a little bit pricey so I like to skip down to Aldi* and pick up all of my baking ingredients for a much better price! Aldi have such a fab range of fresh British foods which are such good value and truth be told the recipe I'm sharing with you today literally only cost me a few pounds to make with plenty of ingredients left over to make many other cakes if I want to! The cake in question is my very seasonal Autumn Spice Cake, and honestly beaut's if you like cake and you like spices your going to love it!
What You Will Need For The Cake
175ml vegetable oil
185g applesauce
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
240ml buttermilk
320g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
370g light-brown sugar

What You Will Need For The Buttercream
200g Unsalted Butter
400g Icing Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Splash Of Milk

How To 
1. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 and line or grease two round baking tins. 
2. In a large mixing bowl pop in your brown sugar with the vegetable oil and applesauce and mix with your whizzer until well combined, then add in your eggs, vanilla and buttermilk and mix again, this will look pretty questionable at this point because it's all wet ingredients but bare with it, also if your cant find buttermilk just use milk with a squeeze of lemon juice instead, this actually makes buttermilk and is so easy to do yourself, that's what I did!
3. Once your wet ingredients are all combined throw in your dry ingredients, I actually like to combine all of my dry ingredients in a separate bowl first then whack in half of the dry into the wet - mix - then thrown the rest of your dry ingredients in and whip up with the whizzer.
4. Divide your batter between the two tins and bake for around 25-30 minutes or until the top of the cakes are springy to the touch, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool. 

How To - Buttercream
1. In a large bowl, beat the butter until it becomes smooth and silky, then start adding the icing sugar slowly to avoid the dreaded icing sugar cloud and mix again until combined. If your buttercream becomes thick just add in a tablespoon of milk in at a time until you get the perfect consistency.
2. Pipe or spoon the icing on top of one of the cakes them sandwich them together and decorate the very top and the sides of the cake how you like, I decided to leave the sides plain and do a couple of swirls of icing on the top instead of covering the entire cake but the choice is yours... and voila!

This is such a cosy bake and perfect to snuggle up with on those dark, cooler evenings with a cuppa, I'll definitely be trying these in cupcake form too soon! 

Do you like baking at this time of the year beaut's? I'd love to know what your favourite autumnal bake is!


1 comment

  1. Wow you are amazing at baking, if only I can make a cake like that! I bet it tastes amazing too x


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