~1-2-3-4 Cake~

I have been addicted to The Great British Baking Show for some time and now the American version of it, and although I am far afield from those contestants, the series have put a bug in me to get baking and try some of those Masterclass recipes. After trying the Masterclass jelly roll and cracking it… I decided to go to my tried and true recipes. Yup, I got my basic on but will attack another one of those in the future just because I like baking torture, and the crumbs aren’t so bad either.

But, this recipe has been around forever in Mrs. Shecky’s Kitchen and I hadn’t made it in awhile. I concocted up some lemon curd a couple of days ago so I thought this cake would handle the consistency of the curd for the filling. It does. The 1-2-3-4 Cake is a denser cake so jam & jelly on this works well. This recipe is also sweeter and you can cut that sugar down a tad if you think it is too much for your taste.

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Prep 3 – 9″ round cake pans. (Butter or use flour spray-I like the spray, its easy)
  • 1 C Butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 3 C Flour
  • 4 Large eggs
  • 1 C Milk
  • 1 tbs Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbs Vanilla extract (or any flavor that you like)
  • SIFT Together:
  • Dry Ingredients: Flour, Baking Powder & Salt and put aside.
  • BEAT With Mixer:
  • Butter and sugar until light and creamy, then add the eggs one at a time until all is well blended.
  • ADD :
  • Dry Ingredients to the butter and alternate mixing in the dry ingredients and the milk so all can be evenly blended.
  • Add the Vanilla and mix.
  • Divide the batter up between the 3 pans and get to baking it at 350 for approximately 20 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. *See note on how I baked it below.
  • Let cool and then frost with what you choose. Even some whipped cream with berries would be fine on this since it is a denser cake.

I whipped up a lemon buttercream frosting to make a dam for my lemon curd. It worked out well. I’ll post my lemon curd recipe in a later post. That is another easy peasy one and I have that on hand most of the time.

BABBLE & Tips:

Remember the pan you are using. I had to use one pan that was different from the two and it was a ‘darker’ pan – it baked up faster so it crisped up a bit on the top and sides. Still edible and quite frankly, I liked it, but indeed was overcooked as a “cake” (see the bottom one):

*Watch the timer… I had my oven on 330 which I do often when baking because I like a slow bake to make sure it is evenly baked. That’s just something I learned to do a long time ago. Some ovens vary in temp as most already know, but the standard temp for this is 350 and about 19-20 minutes. Mine was baked at 330 and done in about 22 minutes (hope that isn’t too confusing).

With the lemon curd the cake turned out very sweet, but was great with a cup of Joe and its bitterness.


I love the look of a professional cake baker’s work. I used to bake for extra bucks at a time long long ago, however when I put those tools away I embraced the ‘homemade like Grandma” look. For some reason, it also tastes better too. So on this blog you will probably only see that old fashioned Mrs. Shecky appeal from her own kitchen.

Don’t Fall In.

So, there is my first post of a simple recipe that works for me every time.

Thanks for stopping in to Mrs. Shecky’s Kitchen.

Bake Yourself Happy

2 Comments Add yours

  1. wisdomranch says:

    This looks delicious! And I think your way of filling the cake is brilliant!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. It’s a great way to keep the jelly like fillings from ‘leaking’ out. Thanks for stopping by!


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