Cake Making – Art, Science or Passion? Part 1

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I have been asked by a number of people if I would kindly add a recipe column to this hub. My first thought was ‘but there are recipes everywhere so what can I add that’s different?’ I then realized that I am asked many times ‘how do you make such amazingly lovely cakes’. These people probably didn’t mean it literally, but this transpired into me thinking it’s not the recipe for cake making that is so important it is how the recipe is prepared and cooked. I have been a cook for many year’s but cake making was never one of my ‘forte’s’ although like most people I made a reasonable cake and the family soon ate it! but it never was ‘like the picture in the book’. My passion is making sugar-craft flowers consequently I needed the ‘wow factor cake’ to put my creations on. This is what set me on the mission to make better cakes, cakes that people would love as much as my sugar flowers! I am now going to share with you the little extras that I have learnt along the way that make the ‘wow factor cake’, therefore if you have never cooked a cake or if you do cook cakes but still find they are not perfect, I am hoping somewhere in this my weekly column you will find a tip that makes your cakes have that wow factor!

I will be providing detailed instructions from the very basics up top professional level, with tips and hints that may well help even the best of cake maker’s and if you have a tried and tested ‘tip’ that works please pass it on and share it with us all we would be delighted to hear from you.

So let’s make a start.

Some rules:

No 1. The biggest ingredient is love! Yes cook with passion and love and your cooking will improve immensely. Any successful cook/chef will start their conversation with ‘my passion’ before speaking about their own particular skills, in fact this is the case with all people who are a success in any walk of life. It is true passion and love for the ‘job’ that has to be there in order to create something special.

No.2. Gordon Ramsey made a very true statement when he was speaking with a young chef, the chef proclaimed he needed to cook something he didn’t like so he asked Gordon how to do it, Gordon replied : ‘don’t cook it – you cannot cook something you don’t like’!! I totally agree with Gordon, If you don’t like it don’t cook it! It doesn’t mean you have to eat everything you cook, even though it is very tempting  it just means you need to LIKE what you cook, your passion has to be passed into the cooking process in order for it to be a success.

No 3. The ingredients: you need the finest, always use the best quality, in everything you do. If you are adding eggs use the best quality. If adding wine (ok not many cakes use wine in the ingredients but we are in Ibiza so we need to speak about wine ) use a good wine – if the wine is not good then how can you expect the recipe to turn out good?

No.4. Use the right equipment ‘a workman is only as good as the tools he uses’ is a very true saying and is essential in cake making.

No.5 Follow the instructions. In the early stages take the time to thoroughly learn each and every process of the recipe and make sure that the required ingredients and tools are ready to hand, before you begin.

Summary Rules

1.Cook with love and Passion!

2.Only cook things you like with Love and Passion!!

3.Use the best quality ingredients.

4.Use the right Equipment

5.Follow Instructions

Classic Victoria Sponge.

Ingredients: 200grams flour. 220grams of sugar. 200grams of butter 4 eggs. 2 tablespoons of milk, 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence or a squeeze of lemon juice.

Mix it all together and bake.

Happy Baking

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