The Perfect Basic Cake: The Step-By-Step Guide To Making & Decorating This Everyday Treat!

Step by Step Perfect Basic Cake
Lyndey Milan

Food Editor

Apr 03, 2021

The basic ingredients come in what Lyndey Milan calls the 200-200-200 rule. What’s that? Check out this short video


200 gr castor sugar
200 gr diced butter
200 gr plain flour
4 whole eggs
Lemon zest, finely grated


1 Preheat oven to 160 degrees with fan (or 180 degrees without fan)
2 Beat all ingredients together with an electric mixer until well combined for approx. 5 minutes.
3 Split between 2 greased and lined cake tins
4 Place in the middle of the oven for even cooking for 20 minutes.
5 Flip onto flat surface to cool.

To decorate

Cream and fruit filling to taste
Icing sugar to sprinkle

1 Place filling of choice on top of the first cake, cover with second cake and decorate with icing sugar.


By Lyndey Milan

Food Editor

Lyndey Milan, OAM, Australian home cook hero, combines a thirst for life and a sense of fun with a love of good food and sparkling shiraz. A familiar face on television and in print, she has been instrumental in changing the way Australians think and feel about food and wine for thirty years. Hospitality of the table is her catchphrase, as evidenced by her numerous television appearances, nine best-selling books and countless culinary appearances over the years as she maintains her position at the forefront of Australian cuisine. Since 2011 Lyndey has hosted eight television series including Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia which won Best Food TV at The Gourmand World Awards in 2016.. The accompanying book won BEST TV Chef Cookbook in the World in English & Best Culinary Travel book in Australia in The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2015. In the Best of the Best judged at the Frankfurt Book Fair she came 3rd overall in the last 20 years! She is an experienced traveller, hosting bespoke international tours and cruises. In 2014 Lyndey was awarded an OAM in the Australia Day Honours List for services to hospitality, the food and wine industry and the community and in 2012 was made Vittoria Legend in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards. In 2019 she was honoured as Legend of the Vine by Wine Communicators Australia. She is also the Food editor of TheCarousel.com. More at www.lyndeymilan.com


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