Bribery Cake


It’s finals time! I don’t know what it is about finals, but I become extremely efficient at doing all sorts of things unrelated to school. I read The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons in the last three days – an excellent book, in case you were wondering – did some packing, and made my teachers a bribery cake. 

More accurately, I like to do something for my teachers for Christmas. I thought a cake would be a fun idea, and it would prevent them from getting too hangry in the middle of my practical exam. The cake is a caramelly vanilla cake with butterscotch-peanut butter icing. It’s a pretty spectacular combination. Admittedly, it’s not the prettiest cake I’ve ever made, but in fairness, I am in the middle of finals; both my appearance and my standards have dropped considerably. 




  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1-¾ cups flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar*
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3/8 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp. apple sauce
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Add vinegar to milk, and set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
  4. Mix milk, oil, apple sauce, and vanilla together
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Don’t overmix.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes, rotating pan halfway through.

*I used dark brown sugar to give it that more caramelly flavour



  • 170g unsalted butter, softened (¾ cup)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 50g peanut butter
  • 80g butterscotch chips
  • 1-¼ cup icing sugar


  1. Cream butter and salt for a few minutes until soft.
  2. Add in peanut butter and melted butterscotch chips and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add in icing sugar and mix thoroughly. Add milk or icing sugar as needed to get desired texture.

Here’s hoping I pass!

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