My Mum makes a tasty gluten-free version of a classic English sponge cake (with apricot jam in the middle). She's been making it for me since the 1970's.
This is a simple, light, airy and dry cake - very different from the Betty Crocker variety. It tastes like my childhood, and I love it.
I'm particularly fond of Mum's hilarious 'binary' code birthday candles on this one pictured above, in celebration of my 40th birthday a few years ago.
People don't often have or take the time to bake from scratch. It's such a special treat to have a cake baked especially for you. When you can't pick one up at the local grocery store - it's an even bigger deal to have a cake baked in your honour.