Tanya Burr’s Sunday Cake

Who doesn’t love a good cake? Especially with The Great British Bake Off in full swing on our tele’s, everyone’s in the mood to bake! I used to love baking, but as work became more and more of my life, I found I didn’t have as much time. I was recently given the opportunity to enter in our local ‘Bake Off’, along with a colleague, to raise money for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. I thought this was a great opportunity to A) fall back in love with baking! B) Get my Tanya Bakes book out and crack out some cakes! C) Raise money for a worthy charity!

I dug out my Tanya Bakes book that I got last Christmas, and found the perfect cake – Tanya Burr’s Sunday Cake! Now, don’t be fooled. The cake above is from her book; whereas mine looked a lot worse! Still tasted good though!

Tanya Burr’s Sunday Cake

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 18–20 minutes

You will need 2 × 21cm round loose-bottomed cake tins


–     170g unsalted butter, softened

–     170g caster sugar

–     3 eggs

–     140g self-raising flour, sifted

–     30g cocoa powder

–     1½ teaspoons baking powder

For the butter Icing:

–     90g butter, softened

–     170g icing sugar

–     cocoa powder, to taste

For Decorating:

–     200g milk chocolate

–  Buttons, Maltesers or Smarties

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/GM4. Line the cake tins with greaseproof paper.

In a bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.


Add the eggs, sifted flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and mix until well combined.

Divide the batter between the two tins and spread with a spatula – don’t worry if it doesn’t reach the edges of the tin or seems very shallow, it will spread and rise in the oven. Bake for 18–20 minutes.

Cool a little in the tin then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. For the butter icing, mix all the ingredients together until smooth.Once the cake is completely cool, spread the icing over one cake and sandwich with the other. For the topping, melt the chocolate in a bowl set over simmering water and pour it gently over the cake. Decorate with your favourite sweets.


We didn’t win the competition, but we did raise money for an amazing charity, which I will leave here.


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