Monday, January 23, 2012

Simply Delicious Cake

Whenever I go to my sister Dilek’s house, one thing you can count on in the kitchen is their ever inviting home-made cake. This is more like a sweet bread. Simple and delicious! I say simple because I know that my nephew makes this cake sometimes. I know it tastes great because I am always tempted to get a second slice.  

  • You can add cocoa powder to some of the batter if you want to make it a marble cake. 
  • You can also add raisins and/or pieces of walnuts to add more flavor to it. Enjoy!
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup oil (I use olive oil, but you can use vegetable oil also)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (optional)
  • ½ cup walnut pieces (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Sift flour in a large bowl. Add baking powder and mix with a spoon.

In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients with a whisk.
Add them to the flour/baking powder mixture, stirring with a spoon until it is smooth.
Grease a tube pan with butter or oil spray. If you want the plain version, pour cake mixture evenly into the pan. But, if you want to make it a marble cake, pour 2/3 of the batter into the tube. Add the cocoa powder to the remaining batter, pour into the tube. Sprinkle the nuts over the batter. Gently stir in the nuts with a spoon.
Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. About 45 minutes to1 hour.

Afiyet Olsun! Bon Appetit! 


  1. The following comment came from my sister:

    Hi Sis,

    Thank you for posting this recipe on your beautiful blog. Actually this recipe belongs to my friend, Gulen, who is no longer among us. Gulen and I spent many times together while our kids were younger. At the time, we shared and exchanged many ideas and recipes without knowing our friendship was going to be cut short by her sudden death. By then, I didn't know a simple cake recipe would bring so much joy to our home and would remind me of her every time I/we'd bake it. The cake is not just a sweet to us, it is also a relief to our daily worries since it smells home, family, and bonding. It is called "Gulen's cake" in our house and we all remember her with warmth in our hearts.

  2. Hi Yasemin. I dunno if this comment will find you (since the post is so old). Thank u for sharing Gulens Cake. May she rest in Heaven. It is so sweet of your sister not to take credit and remember her friend whenever she makes this cake. We are all souls and eventually we all will be memories to our loved ones. May we leave behind fond memories like Gulen did.

    I encountered your blog today and checked out most of the posts. You are very good at cooking. Im glad i ran into your blog. Thank you for sharing your recipes.