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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cake Recipes For the Home

Cherry madeira cake at "The Tea Cosy"...Image via Wikipedia
By Delia Holroyd

Homemade cake recipes can be found in a large variety, and baking a cake at home can be as simple or as tricky as you choose. One of the great things about baking cakes is that it neither requires plenty of money or time to invest in expensive ingredients to create wonderful homemade treats.

Cake recipes consist basically of four ingredients - sugar, fat, eggs and flour and a raising agent to. Madeira cake is one of the most basic recipes for cakes however is as delicious and elegant with it's simplicity of a Christmas cake with its class and large dishing of fruit, alcohol and spices.

All types of different cakes require alternative cake making methods. One is to rub together flour and fat (butter or margarine) and add sugar and eggs to the crumbly mixture. Next, you can discover the creaming method, beating together butter and sugar, then simply add flour and eggs. Then you can find the melting method - which includes heating the butter on low temperature and then mixing in your flour, sugar and eggs. Lastly, you can simply put it all in and just mix it up, and when you get to taste this method once completed like this may lead you to dismiss the alternatives as needless messing about.

You can save energy by using a food processor for most cake batter preparation. However, if a recipe asks you to 'fold in' flour you must do this by hand. The concept of folding in is basically adding ingredients of a heavy nature opposed to a light one which requires more batter, which is crucial in order for the mixture to rise. One way is by using a metal spoon, pulling down the flour gently and gradually as you continue cutting through the middle.

A factor you must never be complacent with when making your home made cakes is proportions of the ingredients, this is vital. Remember that getting cake batter to rise and set is a fairly exact science so always stick with the ingredient ratios that are recommended. Another thing to watch is cooking times. Ovens vary in how they cook things and your cake may take a little more or less time to bake than it says in the recipe. To ensure your homemade cake is not under or overdone, always check it at least 10 minutes before the end of the prescribed time.

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