Today, I celebrated Mom's birthday at my eldest sis house in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. It was a potluck affair. My eldest sis made popia, 3rd sis made tumeric glutinous rice and steamed pau, another sis bought pizzas and my contribution is dessert. Mom likes her cake without any decorations and her favourite is the buttercake. Since one cake looks kind of little, I decided to make a chocolate cake as well. The birthday gal wanted to contribute too so we asked her to cook her special curry chicken to go with the tumeric glutinous rice. It was a great ocassion and I can see that she is very happy to see all of us there. She even gave each of us a redpacket for good luck!
Ingredients for the butter cake are basically:-
150g all purpose flour or cake flour
60g evaporated milk
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 salt (if butter is unsalted)
Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
Add milk, vanilla essence, cream for a while then stop the mixer, add flour, use a spatula to roughly mix the flour (this is to avoid the flour from flying all over)
Switch on the mixer again to low to get a smooth mixture.
Lastly, add eggs. Mix well.
Pour into a 7" lined or greased pan and bake at 170 degree celsius for 1 hr or until its cook. Time really depends on your oven.
When you see the top is brown enough, cover with a pc of aluminium foil and continue baking till it's cooked.
For the chocolate version, just substitute 30g of flour for 30g of chocolate powder and add 1/4 tsp baking soda.