When thinking of cakes, what do you always picture? Do you think of a chocolate or carrot cake? There are a wide variety of cakes. The three main types are foam, shortened, and chiffon. You commonly eat some every day while others are seen only during particular holidays. How about trying some new cake recipes for a change?
Next time you make a cake, don’t be afraid to try out new cake recipes. The outcome can be pretty awesome. There are various flavors of cake – spice, chocolate, yellow, white, and carrot, just to name but a few. Frostings enrich the taste, texture, and look of cakes.
The primary point in making the best cake is to follow the cake recipes to the letter. Measure keenly the quantity of each ingredient that is in a particular proportion to others. If the percentage of an element to another gets altered, poor results may result.. Furthermore, the components should always be kept at room temperature unless stated otherwise before mixing the batter.
Chocolate Cake Recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Yield: 1 large cake
Four tablespoons butter at room temperature, extra for the pan
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
2 cups brown sugar
Four eggs, well beaten
½ cup milk
Two teaspoons vanilla essence
Three tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
One teaspoon baking soda
Three pinches of salt
- Preheat oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit-350 degrees Fahrenheit. ( 140 degrees Celsius-180 degrees Celsius). Take a baking pan, butter it well, lightly flour it and then set it aside.
- Put the sugar and eggs into a wide mixing-bowl for use with a hand-whisk or into a deep bowl for a rotary beater and set the container on a saucepan quarter-filled with boiling water with low heat under it – the water must not touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar together, at first very quickly till foam is formed then steadily till they are pale fluffy and showing a trail behind the whisk. Slowly add the milk and vanilla essence.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.).
- Add the flour mixture to the creamed eggs, sugar, and milk mixture.
- Add the boiling water and whisk the mixture well.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until a knife or toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool on a rack.
Sponge Cake Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 10-12 sponge cakes
200 g caster sugar
200 g flour
One teaspoon vanilla essence
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit), gas no. 4.
- Prepare the tins: two 150 mm (6 inches) sandwich tins or one 200 mm (8 inches) sandwich tin and line with parchment paper.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl.
- Sieve the flour, and then serve it again onto the surface of the egg-sugar foam, at the same time lightly folding into the mixture. Add the vanilla when folding is nearly finished. Stop folding as soon as all the flour smoothly mixes into a foam.
- Pour the mixture into the tins and bake the cakes at once—Bake for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow cooling on a rack.
Chocolate Cupcake Recipe
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Yield: 15 cupcakes
2 cups (300 g) flour
1 cup caster sugar
¾ cup powder
½ teaspoon salt
One teaspoon baking powder
One teaspoon vanilla essence
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. (350 degrees Fahrenheit).
- In a bowl, beat the eggs lightly.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
- Add the eggs as well as the vanilla essence into the flour mixture. Mix until well incorporated.
- Lightly grease cake tins and pour the chocolate batter into them.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are ready.
- Remove from the oven and allow them to cool on a rack.
What could make your cake go wrong?
- Having too much baking powder could result in your cake falling in the center. It may be purely accidental, but if not the case, check the quantity of baking powder. Also, when the amount of sugar is too much, it could cause the cake to dip in the middle. Furthermore, batter that has absorbed too much air could also create a dip in the cake’s center.
- Having an excessive amount of ingredients such as eggs, too little sugar or baking powder could make the cake peak in the center. Consequently, always countercheck that all your components are in their right proportion.
- Too much baking temperatures could also be a reason for your cake to form a peak in its center. Always check the cake’s bottom to see if it is excessively brown.
Cakes are amazing and so tasting. Most people around the world enjoy eating them as a snack in events such as birthdays, weddings, etc.
They are generally baked mixtures of fat, sugar, eggs, and flour, with or without milk, baking powder, fruit, etc. The size of your cake always depends on the amount of each ingredient you use – mostly the flour.
Chocolate cake is on another level. It’s so delicious that it will get you licking your fingers. When preparing a sponge cake, care is a must that the tool is perfectly clean and grease-free. A speck of grease on the mixing bowl or beater is the crucial factor in having a win or a loss.
Hope you liked these cake recipes! Remember: trying out many cake recipes will not hurt you but only improve your skills for a beginner. The cakes can be served plain or fancy as a unique, occasional treat. Try to add fruits to add nutrients.