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Basic Lunch Box Biscuits and Cake

Basic Lunch Box Biscuits and Cake

We have been making these recipes for years so we thought we would share them with you! These basic lunch box biscuit and cake recipes are so versatile and a great all-round base to change up flavours.     

Basic Lunch Box Biscuits

Basic Lunch Box Biscuits 

500g butter
1 tin of condensed milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs 
4 cups SR flour
1 cup custard powder
Vanilla bean paste (good squeeze)
Pinch of salt
Mix butter, sugar, eggs and condensed milk and vanilla together in a mixer. There is no need to cream the butter and sugar first, we find it works out the same either way.

Then add the custard powder and salt first and mix well, then add one cup of flour at a time. This step is literally just so you don't end up with a face full of flour! It is a very big mix, you cannot mix this in a thermal mixer, it will need to be done either in a mixer or the first steps in a big bowl with hand beaters and then mix the dry ingredients in with a spoon.
Roll into balls and space evenly onto baking trays and press with the back of a fork. Bake for 15-20mins at 180 degrees celsius, fan forced.

  • These biscuits freeze really well, so don't be afraid of the big batch - it just means you get them all done in one go.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop to get the perfect size every time and save time!
  • You can skip the custard powder and do an extra flour but the custard powder adds a nicer flavour and texture. 
  • You can make these biscuits into melting moments by pressing together with a thick icing.
  • We generally add a big bag of choc chips and a bag of caramilk choc chips! We want them as chocolatey as we can!  
  • You can divide the mix into four. One batch gets a bag of choc chips, the second a cup or two of cornflakes, the third 1-2 cups of coconut and the last you can turn into jam drops. 

Basic Lunch Box Cake

Basic Lunch Box Cake 

2 cups or 320g SR flour
2 cups sugar or 400g raw sugar
4 tablespoons custard powder
1 cup or 250 ml milk
250g softened butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
4 eggs
Pinch of salt
Mix milk, butter, eggs and vanilla essence together and then add dry ingredients to mix for 10 mins on a medium speed in your mixer.
Cook for 40 to 45 mins in 180-190 degree celsius oven or until cooked when tested with a skewer. This is our go-to cake for everything! Everyone loves it and it's so versatile. 

  • You can add whatever you like to this recipe for flavourings. For chocolate cake, you can add 1/4 cup of cacao. Try lemon zest and blueberries or anything else you can think of! 
  • You can make this in a thermal mixer. Put all the wet ingredients in and then the dry ingredients. Then mix on speed 4 for 10 seconds and scrape the side down. Then mix on speed 5 for 30 seconds.
  • We use a rectangle cake pan so that we can just cut it into squares for the kids lunch boxes but you can also cook it in two 20cm round tins.

Would you like some more lunch box recipes?

Lunch Box Snacks

Lunch Ideas for Food Jars

Easy Banana Muesli Bars

Easy Apple Cake

Easy Peanut Biccies (gluten free, 3 ingredients)



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