How to Bake a Cake

A baked dessert, cakes are loved and enjoyed by one and all. Although you have the option of buying one, you can try anf make your own by reading the following article. It really is not that difficult and it will bring you sweet happiness that is well worth the effort.

Carrot Cake

Ingredients Required to Make Carrot Cake

  • mixing bowls
  • 3 cups grated or shredded carrots
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • cream cheese
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • toothpicks
  • wire racks
  • mixers
  • cake pans (one 13 x 9 x 2 pan or two 9 inch pans)

Instructions to Make Carrot Cake

Begin by preheating the oven to a temperature of 350° F.

Spray a little bit of flour on the pan and grease it. Add the sugar, flour, cinnamon and baking soda in the mixing bowl. Next, add the eggs, carrots and the cooking oil. Before baking a cake you need to mix all these ingredients. Use a hand mixer to combine the ingredients.

Pour the mixture in the cake pans. Bake it for half an hour. Bake for 40 minutes if you’re using the 13 x 9 x 2 cake pan. After 40 minutes, insert a toothpick in the cake. If it’s clean when you remove it, the cake is baked.

Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes. Place the cake on a wire rack. Let it cook some more. You can use cream cheese. Store the cake in the fridge until it’s ready to be consumed.

Variations

One of the advantages of baking a cake is that you can modify the ingredients. For the recipe above you can add a can of pineapples (without the juices). You can also include half a cup of crushed coconut. These two ingredients should be added when you’re mixing the other ingredients in the bowl.

You can also reduce the sugar content. The cream cheese will add to the sweetness. However this is strictly a matter of personal preference.

General Baking Tips

Unless the recipe states otherwise, all ingredients must be at room temperature. Eggs however, should be taken out half an hour before baking a cake. A lot of recipes will require you to use milk, but others don’t.

Check the recipe list to make sure. Use paper towels when coating the pan. At the very least half a tablespoon of butter will be needed. Use a knife to help you remove the cake from the pan.

The preheating temperature will vary per recipe. You need to follow what’s stated in the instructions as it will affect the quality of the cake. Cooling time on the rack is usually 15 minutes. Don’t add any frosting until the cake has cooled totally.

Always use the timer when baking. Only when the timer has gone off should use the toothpick. Make sure the toothpick is clean. If it isn’t done yet, you need to bake it for 5 minutes. Don’t open the oven door when baking.

Baking a cake is actually a simple process. The procedures can be followed with ease and you can vary the ingredients. Spend a little time in the kitchen and you’ll realize how straightforward it will be.

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