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Baking cakes at home is not at all a difficult task. You can get the same taste, flavor, and aroma as the cakes that are baked in bakeries. This article provides some basic tips on cake baking and a few simple recipes.
Saptakee Sengupta
Last Updated: Mar 6, 2018
Homemade cakes are said to be better than the ones made in bakeries. Making them at home is actually quite simple. However, you must know the correct proportions of the ingredients and the basic components of any cake. The quality of the cake will depend on the preparatory method of the batter, and the baking temperature. Given below are the basic steps involved in baking a cake, and the primary ingredients required.
Before you start preparing the cake, ensure that you are using fresh ingredients for making the batter. Check that the baking powder hasn't expired and that the eggs are fresh. Given below are some baking tips to get the right composition of the batter.
  • The ingredients required for a cake are all-purpose flour, baking powder, butter, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla essence, salt, sugar, and milk (optional). The quantity of the ingredients will vary according to the size of the cake.
  • Combine the flour, eggs, butter, vegetable oil, sugar, salt, and baking powder to form a batter. Whisk it, and then beat it for some time, until it becomes fluffy. Add some milk to it if necessary.
  • Spread a little oil on the baking pan and preheat the oven to 325 °F. Once the oven has reached this temperature, spread the batter uniformly over the pan. Set the oven timer for 15 minutes.
  • Before taking the cake out of the oven, check if its core has baked completely, by inserting a toothpick into it. If the batter does not stick to the toothpick, then the cake has been baked perfectly, or else, allow it some more time.
  • Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool before cutting it into pieces. You can frost or ice it with your favorite flavors.
These were the most basic steps of baking a cake. Improvising the ingredients in the correct proportion will result in different types of flavors. This includes addition of chocolate and fruit essences to the basic recipe. Baking and decorating cakes is an art that requires a bit of creative skill. Cakes frosted and iced with delicate designs look pleasing. Given below are a few variations of the basic cake recipe.
Black Cake
  • All-purpose flour - 2¾ cups
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1 cup
  • Soft butter - 1 cup
  • Melted chocolate - ½ cup
  • Baking powder - ½ teaspoon
  • Vanilla extract - 1½ teasppons
  • White sugar - 2¼ cups
  • Salt - ½ teaspoon
  • Milk - ½ cup
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Grease the pan with a layer of vegetable oil.
  • Prepare the flour mixture by combining it with cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, milk, and melted chocolate. Blend the mixture in a blender till it becomes smooth.
  • Prepare a mixture by combining eggs, butter, sugar, and salt. Combine this with the flour mixture and beat it well until it becomes fluffy and smooth.
  • Transfer this mixture to the baking pan, and set the required time for baking. Check if it is completely done before taking it out of the oven.
Yellow Cake
  • Vanilla extract - 2 teaspoons
  • Milk - 1¾ cup
  • White sugar - 2 cups
  • Eggs - 4
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • All-purpose flour - 2¾ cups
  • Baking powder - 3 teaspoons
  • Shortening - 1 cup
  • Lime essence - 3 drops
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F, and grease the baking pan with oil.
  • Prepare the batter by combining all the ingredients with the flour. Beat the mixture thoroughly to get the desired consistency.
  • Pour the cake batter into the baking pan and let it bake for 15 minutes. Check if it's done before taking it out. This cake will have a fruity flavor.
White Cake
  • All-purpose flour or white cake mix - 1½ cups
  • White butter - ½ cup
  • Softened butter - 1 teaspoon
  • Egg whites - 4
  • Milk - ½ cup
  • Sugar - 1½ cup
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Coconut flakes - 3 teaspoons
  • Vanilla extract - 2 teaspoon
  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Layer the baking pan with oil.
  • Prepare the cake batter by mixing the flour, coconut flakes, and baking powder together.
  • Mix the white butter, softened butter, egg whites, milk, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Beat it gently.
  • Add this mixture to the flour and whisk the batter until it becomes fluffy.
  • Pour this mixture into the baking pan and let it bake for 15-20 minutes. You can garnish the cake with white cream once it has cooled.
Baking cakes at home is a wonderful way to enhance your culinary skills. Implement your own ideas to prepare scrumptious cakes topped with delicious frosting.
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