My son’s girlfriend likes to bake cakes.  It seems her whole family likes to bake cakes.  Whenever there is an occasion, someone bakes a cake.  She popped round this week and we got chatting about her cake making.  I demanded to know what her ‘go to’ cake recipe was and she told me all about the 6636 cake method.

Easy Chocolate Cake recipe

I’m guessing that a lot of you will have heard of the 6636 cake recipe before, but this was a complete revelation to me.  If I was taught it at school, it was long forgotten, but it sounded like a recipe I could definitely work with.  I want to do more baking with my girls, and I need to get over the hurdle that it’s something that is difficult or a faff.  The idea of having a cake recipe that you can always use, really appeals to me.

It seems like cake baking is a bit of a tradition for my son’s girlfriend and her family and I’d like to introduce it here too.  I think teen should bake a few cakes too, it won’t hurt him to make one for his girlfriend every now and again.  With this 6636 cake recipe he really can’t go wrong.

So, I headed to the shops and stocked up with cake ingredients to put this recipe to the test.  Here’s the basics you’ll need for a 6636 cake.
Easy Cake RecipeSo why is it called a 6636 cake?  If, like me you are in the dark about this cake baking revolution it really is quite simple.  It’s because of the list of basic ingredients.

6636 Cake Recipe And Method

  • 6 ozs caster sugar
  • 6 ozs butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 ozs self raising flour

With just 4 ingredients you have a basic cake recipe.  To start your cake, cream together the caster sugar and butter.  I took the butter out of the fridge and let it get to room temperature before starting.  This made the creaming process a lot easier.

Beat the eggs together, then add to the butter and sugar mixture.  I used large eggs for this recipe.

How to make a cake

The next part is super important.  Sift the self raising flour into your cake mixture to get lots of air in and gently mix together until you have a smooth cake mix.

how to make a 6636 cakeFor my first attempt at a 6636 cake I decided that I would make it a chocolate one.  Chocolate cake is always a winner isn’t it, and it would be a nice surprise when everyone got home from school, college and nursey.  By sheer coincidence I baked it the same day as teens girlfriend was coming round for tea.  I was quite excited about her trying it!  It’s the little things isn’t it?

Easy Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 6 ozs caster sugar
  • 6 ozs butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 ozs self raising flour
  • 1 oz cocoa powder

For Basic Chocolate Buttercream Filling

  • 2 ozs butter
  • 2 ozs icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Follow the instructions above for the 6636 cake and add the cocoa powder to the mixture along with the flour.

Mix all the ingredients together and add to a greased baking tin.

Cook in the oven at 180C for 30-40 mins or until you can put a skewer in and it comes out clean.

Whilst it’s cooking add all the ingredients for the buttercream icing to a clean bowl and mix together until smooth.

When the cake is cooked, remove from the oven.  Leave to cool on a rack before adding any icing.

As my cake was a loaf, I sliced it through the middle to add the chocolate buttercream and coated with a light sprinkling of icing sugar on the top for decoration.

chocolate cakeMy easy chocolate cake recipe was a big hit when everyone got home and even my son’s girlfriend thought it was a triumph.  Cake baking is going to start to be a feature in this house so the kids can enjoy some baking.  Everyone needs a ‘go to’ cake recipe for special occasions.  If you’re not sure of what gift to buy, you know a cake will always be well received.

Do you use the 6636 cake method?  What kinds of things do you add to yours?

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  1. I use this method too! Though a few weeks back my neighbour taught me to add a smidgen of baking powder along with the self-raising flour (Id always thought that baking powder should only be used with a highly flavoured cake that could ‘mask’ the chemical taste of baking powder) but she assured me the results are always worth it. I tried using it with the basic 6636 Victoria sponge and it not only grew nice and tall/fluffy etc, but didn’t taste of baking powder at all. Definitely worth trying! Great post, Anna

  2. This looks so yummy! I hadn’t heard of the phrase 6636 cake before and that’s definitely an easy way to remember! My go to cake recipe is the delia smith all in one sponge, it hasn’t failed me yet 🙂 x

  3. Such a lovely looking cake – who can ever resist chocolate cake?! Thanks for enlightening me to the 6636 cake making method too!

  4. You’re definitely not alone in not knowing what the 6636 method is as I had never heard of it until I read this. That cake looks so yummy that I think I will have to give it a go 🙂

  5. I don’t use the exact method but something slightly different where the eggs butter and flour weigh the same. I also put it all together. The cake looks so yummy and chocolate cake especially is my biggest downfall.

  6. great receipe, very easy to remember ingredients and lots loads of stuff in it, I have one similar but without butter, its equal eggs, sugar, and flour. I must try it adding the cocoa powder like you did here. It look yummy


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