How to Bake a Cake
Cakes are the most consumed snacks among most Americans. They usually range in diverse varieties, from simple homemade cakes to wedding cakes, each with their own distinctive taste. However, making a cake is not a simple process. It requires the use of the right utensils, the balance of essential ingredients such as sugar and eggs and other additives, as well as adhering to the person’s tastes and preferences. Because of such precise requirements, many individuals find it difficult to bake even the simplest of cakes. Therefore, in order to bake a cake, it is important to follow a systematic procedure that will ensure the result is a tasty, well-baked and savoring cake.
Making a cake involves defining the ingredients. Ingredients are the determinant of any food. To make an ordinary cake such as a sponge cake, familiar foodstuffs are used as the main ingredients. These ingredients include fresh eggs, fresh butter, self-raising flour, sugar and the right temperature. With all the ingredients in place, the first step in making a cake is measuring the ingredients. The ingredients to be weighed first are the eggs. There is no need to break the shell; instead, the eggs can be measured while intact. The weight of the eggs determines the measurement used for the butter, flour and sugar. For instance, if the eggs weigh 170 grams, then the amount of butter, flour and sugar should be the same.
After weighing the ingredients, the second step begins, which is the mixing. It is important to first crack the eggs and put them in a separate bowl. The butter and the sugar should be creamed together with the use of a wooden spoon or a food mixer. After mixing both the butter and the sugar, the eggs should be added in the bowl with the butter-sugar mixture and given a good beat while in between dribbling. If the mixture turns out curdly, a spoonful of flour can be added to return the mixture to its creamy consistency. Once all the eggs are mixed, the flour should be added and given a minimum amount of folding to prevent the mixture form losing its lightness. Consequently, the mixture should be transferred to a medium sized cake tin measuring between 22 centimeters and 26 centimeters in depth. Additionally, the tin should have a baking parchment that is useful for shaping the mixture into the desired shape.
The third and final step involves baking the cake mixture. The mixture should be placed inside an oven and situated in the middle. In order to ensure that the cake bakes evenly, it is essential to rotate the cake around halfway during cooking. Depending on the size of the cake tin and the size of the cake, the cake can take from 30 minutes to 45 minutes at a gas temperature of 180 degrees between the 4th and 5th gas mark. To determine the cake is baked well, the top of the cake can be gently touched. If the cake indicates any wobbliness or it is very soft and leaves an impression, then the cake can be left in the oven for a few minutes. To determine if the cake is completely done, a knife can be pierced in the middle. If the knife is clean after removal, then the cake is ready.
Baking a cake is an educative endeavor that requires precision and patience. There is always a beginning for everything. Sometimes the cake can come out too soft, too hard, or even tasteless. However, sticking to the procedure aforementioned can assist one to make a good cake. Furthermore, practicing frequently while using the procedure outlined can ensure one makes a tasteful and well-baked cake.