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How to Bake a Cake From Scratch

Read How to Bake a Cake from Scratch to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Baking a cake from scratch is not at all difficult, provided you know the right method. Go through this article for some tips.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Mar 8, 2018
With a wide array of ready-made cake mixes available in the market, baking a cake from scratch may sound outdated. In fact, it is not that difficult, if you have a basic know-how of the procedure and the ingredients. Cakes prepared from scratch are found to be more flavorful and healthy. You can easily bake delicious cakes, with ingredients that are readily available in the kitchen. In order to master this art, all you have to do is to strictly follow the measurements as well as the procedure. It may happen that one or two failed attempts precede a successful venture.
Easy Cake Recipe
Ingredients
  • Cake flour (or all-purpose flour) - 2¼ cups
  • Butter (or vegetable shortening) - ½ cup
  • Sugar - 1½ cups
  • Eggs - 2
  • Baking powder - 2½ tsp.
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp.
How to Prepare
Cream butter and sugar in a bowl. Add vanilla, and the eggs (one by one). Make sure to blend the mix well, after adding each egg. Keep this mixture aside. Sift the flour along with baking powder. Add the sifted flour and milk to the butter-sugar mixture, in small batches. Beat the mixture, every time you add milk and flour. Once done, pour the batter into a greased baking dish, and bake for around 30 minutes in the oven that is preheated to 375° F. If you want the cake to be served with frosting, then allow it to get cool before applying the frosting.
Bake a Cake Without Eggs
Ingredients
  • All-purpose flour - 1½ cups
  • Soy milk - ¾ cup
  • Sugar - ¾ cup
  • Egg replacer - Equivalent to one egg
  • Baking powder - 2 tsp.
  • Vanilla - 2 tsp.
  • Salt - ¼ tsp.
How to Prepare
Sift the flour along with the baking powder. Mix the sifted flour with salt and sugar. Once done, add all other ingredients, and beat the mixture for around three minutes. Pour this batter into a greased cake pan, and bake for around 30 minutes in the oven that is preheated to 350° F. Your eggless cake is ready.
Cake Without Baking Powder
Ingredients
  • Cake flour - 3 cups
  • Margarine - 16 ounces
  • Eggs - 6
  • Confectioner's sugar - 16 ounces
  • Vanilla - 2 tsp.
How to Prepare
Combine margarine and sugar in a large bowl. Add eggs, one by one. Each time you add an egg, beat the mixture well. Once done, add the flour and vanilla and beat the mixture till it reaches the consistency of cake batter. Pour the batter into a greased cake pan, and bake for around 60 to 80 minutes in the oven that is preheated to 325° F. If baked perfectly, the cake will turn golden brown in color with cracks on its top.
These are some of the simplest recipes for baking cakes from scratch. For a beginning, try these recipes. You may also try other variations, once you get comfortable in making cakes from scratch. All you have to do is to use the right amount of ingredients, prepare the batter in the right way, and bake the cake for the said time, that too at the stipulated temperature. So, why wait? Try these recipes and enjoy the goodness of delicious and flavorful cakes.
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