The proof is in the pudding...

19th February 2013

Lorraine answers one of life's most pressing questions, posed by a six year old, for the The Guardian's 'Ask A Grown Up' feature: Just why is cake so scrumptious?

"Cake is so yummy because of all the stuff that goes into the bowl," starts the star baker. "You mix the butter and sugar first, then you add the eggs one by one, mix and slide everything around in the bowl, stir in the flour, and finally it starts to look like the cake mix that we know and love!"

But it could be said by many that the only thing better than cake... is cake mix!

"I can't recommend eating the cake mix," she warns, "because it does have raw eggs in it, but, secretly, licking the spoon is the best bit for me!"

"At this point, I add chocolate" explains Lorraine. "It's the naughtiest ingredient of all, but it's also what makes a cake very special".

Asked of her favourite cake, (a very difficult question!), Lorraine is quick to respond.

"My favourite cake is a Choccy Woccy Vicky Sponge, a twist on the classic Victoria sponge".

It may sound like a bit of a tongue-twister but you can bet that this cake is as delicious and decadent as it sounds. "I make a chocolate sponge cake, then I soak it in sugar syrup so that it's really moist," explains Lorraine. "Then I fill it with chocolate butter cream and a little strawberry jam."

"If I'm feeling really naughty," divulges the don of dough, "I spread chocolate butter icing all over the outside of the cake as well. That is obviously extra naughtiness and only for very special occasions!"

Read more from Lorraine in The Guardian's Ask a Grown-up.

Discover more delicious cake recipes in Fast, Fresh and Easy Food.

James Grant

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  • Hi i love ur cakes but i am allergic to dairy,any alternatives...My fav breakfast is eggs Benidict...and would love a dairy free snack afterwards?

  • Love all you do x

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