These cakes were born out of wanting to use up some prunes I had in the cupboard. (I also made a Moroccan chicken stew with them). It really is pretty simple to make and I'd recommend it if you're new to baking.
Let me know if you have any easy baking recipes.
Simple Prune Sponge Cake
Adapted from bbc.co.uk
Though I've used prunes here, any dried fruit could be used. Also, try adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to the mix.
Makes 4 small cakes
100g caster sugar
100g self-raising flour, sifted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
10-12 prunes, chopped
Preheat oven Gas 4 (180C/350F)
Firstly, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. This can be done by hand, in a bowl using a wooden spoon or in a food processor. (The idea is to get air into the mixture to lighten the end product).
Next, beat in one egg at a time followed by the vanilla extract and the self-raising flour.
Then spoon the mixture equally between four greased ramekins and scatter the prunes on top.
Place on a baking tray and bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
Finally, allow to cool in the ramekins before turning them out and drizzling with maple syrup.