Simple cake recipes to soothe your mind

Sometimes, it just takes a bit of baking to make the world seem a little lighter.

Chocolate and buttermilk slab cake
There's something therapeutic about the ritual of cake-baking – the simplicity of flour, eggs and sugar laid out on the kitchen bench, the hypnotic beating of the paddles forming rippled paths through batter, the unmistakable aroma of a cake rising slowly but surely in an oven. These cake recipes are simple, sure, but their magic ability to soothe minds and improve afternoon teas is second to none.