Dee and Tshepiso’s Vanilla Cake

Recipe by: Dee and Tshepiso
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Vanilla Sponge

2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 vanilla bean
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk

  1. Combine all the dry ingredients together except the sugar.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla
  3. Add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk. Finally, add the oil and mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour into greased and lined cake tins and bake at 180C for 25 – 30 minutes.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

2 cups castor sugar
6 egg whites
500g unsalted butter
1 vanilla bean

    1. Pour the egg whites and castor sugar into a stainless steel bowl and place over a pot of warm water over a medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
    2. Use your finger to feel for grains of sugar. If there aren’t any, the mixture is ready. Transfer to a stand mixer and whisk on high until the meringue has cooled.
    3. Change the attachment to a paddle attachment and slowly start adding the cubed butter.
    4. Add the seeds from the vanilla bean and stir until well combined.

Berry Compote

450g frozen mixed berries
60g sugar
60ml lemon juice
1 tbsp vanilla paste
15g cornflour

  1. Add all the ingredients except the lemon juice to a saucepan and cook until it thickens.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.


  1. Simmer cream, vanilla essence, cinnamon and ginger in a saucepan.
  2. In a bowl, beat egg yolks, salt and sugar. Gradually pour half of the cream mixture into egg yolk mixture and whisk until well combined.
  3. Pour egg yolk mixture into the saucepan with remaining cream mixture simmer until the custard coats the back of the spoon.
  4. Add butternut puree to the custard and pass through a sieve. 
  5. Churn the mixture in the ice-cream machine until smooth. 
  6. Freeze until ready to use.

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Charne and Ange’s Vanilla Cake
Zakhele and Tahila’s Vanilla cake
Senzo and Pinkie’s Vanilla Cake
Dee and Tshepiso’s Vanilla Cake
Derick and Catherine’s Vanilla Cake
Lynne and Joshua’s Vanilla Cake