This is a great basic recipe and one that I use a lot but no here in Canada. I find that self-raising flour in Europe differs from ours and a better substitution. This can be used for cupcakes, layer cakes, etc. etc. It is my old standby in Portugal where we live for 6 months of the year. Highly recommended for ease of preparation and taste. Also makes a good coffee cake with the addition of some coffee essence. Thanks for submitting.