I'm on a roll with cake baking lately! Had to try out several recipes and this one is perfect for birthday cakes.
2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup castor sugar
3 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons milk
1. Butter and line a deep-sided 20cm (8in) round cake tin with grease-proof paper. Sift together flour and baking powder. Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add eggs gradually, beating well after each addition. Mix in half the flour and milk, combine well. Add remaining flour and milk and mix well. Turn into the prepared tin, level top and bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour.
A lemon butter icing is lovely. Soften butter and mix with lemon zest, a bit of juice and sifted icing sugar and beat until fluffy.