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Baking can be super expensive when you start adding up all the ingredients so I’ve been coming up with ways to get baking with breaking the bank. First up is my 62p peach cake. . .
Being a money blogger and a bit obsessed with personal finance, there are quite a large number of Facebook groups I frequent. Various topics but mostly money saving, coupons and vouchers, budget recipes etc. This peach cake recipe has been floating around a couple of these groups for a little while now and I’ve been meaning to give it a try.
The absolute basic ingredients cost just 62p. There is much debate in said groups as to whether one should add an egg into the mix – I did it without as I was trying to keep it as budget friendly as possible – and honestly the cake did seem to rise enough without one. But it’s entirely up to you whether you choose to add one or not.
This is also rather a cheat recipe. I’ve never actually been much good at proper baking. Having spent most of my adult life working as a chef, I tend to just chuck things together and hope for the best. Cakes and baking are trickier – you need to weigh and measure and wait for things to prove or rise and those are things I’m not used to doing!
I bought the ingredients for this cake in Morrison’s and all prices are correct as of 23.08.17.
So, let’s get started.
This recipe is super simple – literally two ingredients.
- One packed of value range sponge mix
- One tin of Value range peaches
You just literally chuck them both together in a bowl and mix. That’s what I did. I used the peach juice in place of water. I does say to mix with an electric whisk but I don’t have one so just mixed it really, really well.
I plonked the whole lot into a oven proof dish – recipe says split between two round tins but that’s for if you’re making a Victoria sandwich, which I was not. And in the oven it went. I ended up cooking it for about 40 minutes (not the 15 minutes on the packet, as I was using a much deeper tin.
Actually the peach cake came out of the oven not looking too bad. It would easily feed four adults if not four adults plus two children. I decided to serve mine with custard. I bought a value range tin which cost 15p. You could also use instant value custard which costs 17p but would probably yield more product.
So here’s how the cost breaks down.
- Sponge Mix 22p
- Tinned Peaches 40p
- Value custard Tin 15p (or instant custard 17p)
- Optional Egg 16p (based on Morrison’s cheapest free range)
Total for four generous portions with custard it worked out at just 20p per portion (or 24p if you decide it needs the egg!)
The taste wasn’t actually terrible. For a bit of winter stodge and custard on a really tight budget then this is perfect, especially if you have a lot of mouths to feed. For me personally, the overall taste wasn’t sweet enough. That said, I do have a major sweet tooth and I do eat a lot of sweet products and desserts. For someone who doesn’t like things too sweet or doesn’t eat much sugar this would probably be perfect.
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There is always to opportunity to pimp it up a bit too – you could always add chocolate chips, or vanilla extract for some extra flavour. In this instance I was trying to keep the cake as budget friendly as I could so I didn’t want to massively ramp up the cost by adding loads of extras!