Baking is a science in which each ingredient plays an important role and has the ability to alter the end product. Hence, it requires a certain process and procedure that we must follow for the best results. Here are 10 tips to successfully bake a cake from scratch. I also included a recipe that I use and follow.
8oz(226g)Butter, unsalted(1 cup, 2 sticks) room temperature
Preheat the oven to 170 Cor 340 F. Prepare two 8” cake pans. Grease and flour it or line it with baking paper.
In a bowl, measure your dry ingredients, add the baking powder, salt and set aside. Measure the milk and set aside.
Start by creaming the butter and sugar in your kitchen mixture (or by hand) for about 3 to 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
Next, add eggs one at a time, beat until well combined.
Add the vanilla extract.
Add the flour and milk in three batches, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Mix until just incorporated. Here you do not overmix.
Take the bowl off the mixture – give it one last stir scraping the bottom of the bowl.
Pour into your prepared pan and place in the oven (middle rack) for 20 to 25 min. Or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on the wire rack.
Variation to this recipe
This recipe is so simple. So it's easy to master and take to the next level. As a result, you can create so many different variations. The amounts below are for the original quantities. So if you change the serving amount - adjust quantities below accordingly.
Sour-cream vanilla cake - Replace the milk with sour cream and substitute ½ tsp baking powder with baking soda
Lemon cake - Replace 3 tbsp of the milk with lemon juice and add the zest of one lemon (zest is optional). And substitute ½ tsp baking powder with baking soda.
Orange cake - Replace the milk with orange juice. And substitute ½ tsp baking powder with baking soda. In addition, add ¼ tsp orange extract and ¼ tsp orange zest. (orange zest and the extract is optional).
Chocolate cake - Replace 60 grams of flour (4 tbsp) with cocoa powder.
Chocolate mocha cake - Replace 60 grams of flour (4 tbsp) with cocoa powder. In addition, dissolve 2 tbsp of coffee in 2 tbsp of hot water. And add to the batter before you pour into the baking pan.
The nutrition information and metric conversion are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee its accuracy. If this data is important to you please verify with your trusted nutrition calculator. Thank you