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How to Make Cakes

Updated on January 1, 2012
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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Cakes!

Who doesn't enjoy eating a delicious cake? Would you fancy a warm chocolate or a cool chilled cheesecake? How about learning how to make one yourself so YOU have control and make each cake to your own very liking! Below I will show you how to make a sponge cake, cupcakes and chocolate cake all within one hour from start to finish!

How to Make Sponge Cake

The sponge cake is always a favorite because its soft on the taste and light on its way down. There are many different versions of sponge cakes, but one main principle remains the same. Sponge cakes requires air in its mixture while being baked to give it a sponge feeling.

This recipe will only take 50 minutes. Thats right 50 minutes from the moment you start preparing the ingredients to the time you can sink you taste buds onto this delicious cake.

This recipe will allow you to make a sponge cake big enough for 4 servings. What you will need:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g butter
  • 100g self raising flour
  • vanilla essence
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1/4 tbsp salt

1) While preparing your other ingredients, preheat your oven to 190°C

2) Mix the sugar and the butter in a bowl until it is creamy and smooth.

3) Now its time for the eggs. Beat them in a cup or bowl and slowly add in the mixture we made in steps 1 and 2. Use the flour to maintain the same consistency of creaminess until all the eggs and flour is used up.

4) While mixing, add the tiny bit of salt and vanilla essence.

5) Put the mixture into non stick tins made for sponge cakes and pop it into the oven for 25 mins, preferably the middle shelf so as not right next to the fan.

6) After it is puffy, take it out and wait until it cools.

Now there are many things you can do to personalize this cake to your specific taste. You can add a layer of cream or jam, or top it with some icing sugar. Enjoy!

How to Make Cupcakes

Cupcakes are a nice change to your usual cake baking. They are quick, simple, and allow sharing very very easy. This recipe will show you how to make cupcakes that serves 8 in 30 minutes flat!

  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g sugar
  • 100g butter
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • vanilla essence
  • A topping of your choice e.g icing, icing sugar, jam

1) While preparing your other ingredients, preheat your oven to 190°C

2) Mix the sugar and the butter until it is creamy in a mixing bowl.

3) Now its time for the eggs. Beat them in a cup or bowl and slowly add in the mixture we made in steps 1 and 2. Use the flour to maintain the same consistency of creaminess until all the eggs and flour is used up.

4) While mixing, add the tiny bit of salt and vanilla essence.

5) Put the mixture into small paper cup cake holders. Make sure they are greased proof! Then place them in the oven for 20 minutes and your done!

6) Wait until it cools and simply sprinkle a little icing sugar or some other topping and enjoy!

Photo taken by Chotda
Photo taken by Chotda

How to Make Chocolate Cake

One of the all time favorites is the chocolate cake. This one is sure to please no matter who is eating this delicious cake. This recipe will serve 8 people.

  • 100g dark cooking chocolate
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup of clean water
  • 3/4 cup of self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 125g butter

1) Preheat your oven to 150°C

2) Line a greased cake pan with baking paper about 20-25 cm wide.

3) Over a low heat, mix the chocolate, water, sugar, coffee and butter and stir to mix.

4) Keep stirring until the chocolate and butter have melted then allow the mixture to cool.

5) Drip in the egg and vanilla essence to this mixture then start beating.

6) Add in flour while beating until the whole mixture is smooth.

7) Pour the new mixture into the pan we prepared earlier and pop it into the preheated oven.

8) Bake the cake for 50 minutes or until it is puffy.

9) Allow the cake to cool and garnish with chocolate sprinkles or leafs and other toppings which you prefer and enjoy!

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