Looking for an easy cake recipe? Try baking a French quatre-quarts!

This classic French cake is made with equal amounts of butter, flour, sugar and eggs. It really is a beauty in all its simplicity, but if you wish, you can jazz it up with citrus zest, dried fruits or dark chocolate. I sometimes like to add dried cherries and lavender. Serve the cake as le goûter or even as breakfast on Sunday morning.

Serves 8-10


  • 200g all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 200g soft butter
  • 200g sugar
  • 4 eggs



Preheat the oven to 180°C, and line a 25cm rectangular cake pan with parchment paper. Sift flour into a bowl and stir in the salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one by one while continuing to beat. Fold in the dry ingredients in two batches, stirring thoroughly after each addition. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake for about approximately 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack before serving.