Baking can be fun especially if you know what you are doing and you have all the appropriate ingredients and tools available. Who said baking had to be hard? It can be just a piece of cake! Here are some simple
#1 – Rich Chocolate Cake
-Butter, to grease the cake pans
-1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
-2 cups sugar
-3/4 cup cocoa powder
-2 teaspoons baking soda
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 cup buttermilk, shaken
-1/2 cup vegetable oil
-2 extra-large eggs
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
-Preheat oven to 300° F (150° C).
-Grease 2 (8-inch) circular cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
-Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt together.
-Combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla in another bowl.
-Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix.
-Add the coffee and stir until combined.
-Empty the batter into the cake pans and bakes for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
-Remove from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
-Remove the cakes and put them onto a cooling rack to cool.
#2 – Easy Fruit Cake
-1/2 cup Apple sauce
-3/4 cup Water
-1/2 cup Sugar.
-2 1/2 cups Mixed dried fruit
-2 Egg whites gently beaten
-1 1/2 cups White flour
-2 teaspoons Baking powder
1. Preheat oven at 300ºF.
2. Line a 6-inch circular cake pan using greaseproof paper.
3. Put the apple sauce, water, sugar, and dried fruit in a saucepan.
4. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Allow to cool.
6 Combine the egg whites into the fruit mixture.
7. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture.
8. Mix to make a firm batter. Add water if necessary.
9. Pour into the cake pan and sprinkle brown sugar on top.
10. Bake for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, when a skewer comes out clean.
Novelty cakes are those that are created and designed in a wide variety of designs. These cakes have become prevalent at events particularly birthday parties. They are available in three types:
1. A simple round cake with objects or pictures on top.
2. Dimensional cakes when the cake is cut into the shape of the object desired.
3. 3-Dimensional where the cake is made in an imitated object that stands upright.
These cakes are costly and difficult to design but not if you buy a novelty cake tin in the object that you desire. Just bake a regular cake mix using the tin. When it is baked the ridges made by the tin will show you where to place certain extras. Frost the cake in your selection of colours and there you have it, your own novelty cake!