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Cheap Cake Recipes?

edited 12 April 2011 at 8:24PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 12 April 2011 at 8:24PM in Old Style MoneySaving
Would like to bake more cakes, tray bakes, fairy cakes etc for my kids as they taste nicer than shop bought. Unfortunately though shop bought cakes work out to be cheaper than home made as I will only use butter not marg and will only use free range eggs on principle.
There's usually some sort of offer on in the Supermarket making a small loaf cake about 85p and a 7" sponge cake about 90p.

Can anyone suggest ways of making home made cheaper than shop bought?
P.S. None of us like bananas, so even though I have loads of black ones in the freezer, they only get used up at the village cake stall;)

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  • Flapjacks are pretty cheap, if you like them, just oats, butter and golden syrup.
  • kymbogskymbogs Forumite
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    Would like to bake more cakes, tray bakes, fairy cakes etc for my kids as they taste nicer than shop bought. Unfortunately though shop bought cakes work out to be cheaper than home made as I will only use butter not marg and will only use free range eggs on principle.


    I know where you're coming from, but do you think the shop-bought cakes you are getting are made with proper butter and free-range eggs? Some might be, if they explicitly state that they are, but I wouldn't have thought many will be.
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  • No they aren't, but the kids don't care - it's me who refuses to go to the trouble of baking at home with cheap marg and battery eggs.....
    I just want to be sure that when I bake, I'm doing it the cheapest way.
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  • hayley11hayley11 Forumite
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    You can get a block of basics butter for about £1. I get 12 free range (large) eggs for £2 in my local market. Do you pay more than that? Have you looked around for cheaper butter and eggs?

    If you're not willing to buy cheaper products though (like stork instead of real butter) then there probably isn't a way to make cheaper cakes or cupcakes. :) I agree about free range eggs though, I won't use anything else.
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  • I know you can get shop bought cheaper but as you say yourself the ones you make at home are nicer probably due to the quality of the ingredients. So I suppose like with other things you may have to decide where it is quantity or quality that you want.

    Here I have a stash of shop bought cake and biscuts for when DD and DS friends come around but have home made for after dinner or with a cup of coffee.
    "Let your boat of life be light, pack only what you need- A homely home and simple pleasures,one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone who loves you, a cat, a dog, a pipe or two enough to eat, enough to wear and a little more than enough to drink, as thirst is a dangerous thing" Jerome k. Jerome
  • grumswifiegrumswifie Forumite
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    Hi there

    My tea loaf receipe, cheap, easy and tasty

    1 cup currants
    1 cup of tea, fresh made soak currants until cold
    2 cups self raising flour
    1 cup caster sugar

    Mix well pour into lined 2lb tin 180c for 50 mins. Serve in thick slices buttered. Delish
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  • VailaVaila Forumite
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    grumswifie wrote: »
    Hi there

    My tea loaf receipe, cheap, easy and tasty

    1 cup currants
    1 cup of tea, fresh made soak currants until cold
    2 cups self raising flour
    1 cup caster sugar

    Mix well pour into lined 2lb tin 180c for 50 mins. Serve in thick slices buttered. Delish
    I make that cake all the time, but call it bara brith so simple but tasty
  • smeeinnitsmeeinnit Forumite
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    grumswifie wrote: »
    Hi there

    My tea loaf receipe, cheap, easy and tasty

    1 cup currants
    1 cup of tea, fresh made soak currants until cold
    2 cups self raising flour
    1 cup caster sugar

    Mix well pour into lined 2lb tin 180c for 50 mins. Serve in thick slices buttered. Delish

    I love this, I use about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar and find this sweet enough, I also add 1tsp mixed spice to the tea (or use any spice you like), scrumptious and cheap!
    Let's get ready to bumble! :rotfl:
  • I make a similar cake all the time and the kids love it only I use All bran & milk

    1 cup All bran (or I use supermarket own version)
    1 cup of currents or raisens
    2/3 of a cup of sugar
    1 cup of milk
    cinnanmon

    soak all the above in a bowl of an hour or two, then add 1 cup of SR flour mix up pour into a loaf tin and bake about 160 for an hour or so. Really yummy!
  • edited 28 March 2011 at 9:51AM
    tjp70tjp70 Forumite
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    edited 28 March 2011 at 9:51AM
    Chocolate Fairy Cakes

    100g butter
    100g caster sugar
    2 eggs
    100g self raising flour
    2 tablespoons cocoa powder

    Makes 14 - 16 cakes

    1. Heat oven to 180c, gas 4.
    2. Cream butter & sugar.
    3. Beat in eggs, cocoa and flour.
    4. Pop into paper cases in a bun tin & cook for 8 - 10 mins.

    My kids love these and they are fairly cheap, really easy to make and you could get the kids to decorate with icing or butter cream.
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