A freshly baked cake is one of the most exciting food items that you may have bought. We often find ourselves spoilt for choice when strolling down the bakery items aisle in the grocery store.
But, with a little more effort you can make a delicious homemade cake. One from scratch that you will enjoy so much more, and the secret is, it’s not difficult at all.
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup butter (margarine can also be used; however, it won’t be as flavorful)
- 2 1/2 teaspoon of any brand baking powder you choose
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/4 cups milk (1%, 2%, nonfat, whole, you choose)
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- One container of your favorite frosting
- Two 8 inch baking pans
- One large and one small bowl
- A cake mixer (handheld or a fixed kitchen unit)
- A toothpick
- An oven
- Set your oven to 375 degrees F.
- Using butter, lightly grease the bottoms and sides of your baking pans and then lightly flour. Make sure they are coated on all sides to prevent sticking.
- Grab your small bowl and mix your dry ingredients. Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder. Make sure you mix this well so that the baking powder is evenly dispensed throughout the mixture.
- Now grab your large bowl and beat your butter. Make it creamy and break it up a bit. Once done, add your sugar and vanilla and beat again. Once it’s mixed fairly well, add one egg at a time. You’ll know you’ve completed this step when you have a creamy and smooth batter.
- Pour half your dry mixture into your wet batter. Once the flour mixture is somewhat homogenous, add the remaining flour. Separating the dry mixture makes homogenizing it easier.
- Mix until everything comes together and is fully homogenous.
- Evenly add half of the batter into each of your baking pans.
- Your oven should be heated by now, so put both pans in the oven for thirty to thirty-five minutes.
- Your cake should be golden brown. To test your cake, you can use your toothpick. Poke a small hole in the middle of the cake, if the toothpick comes out wet and doughy you may have to bake your cake for another minute or two. A cake is done when the toothpick comes out nice and clean.
- Once you are sure the cakes are done, take them out of the oven and put them somewhere to cool. After about ten minutes you can take the cakes out of the pans and let them cool completely. This can take a while, but it is important. No one wants melted frosting or mushy cake that was covered up warm.
- When the cakes cool down, you can frost them with your favorite frosting. Frost one of the cakes and then put the second cake on top of your frosted one. Then you can frost the top and sides of your two-layer cake.
You may want to choose two different frostings so that your two layer cake has a filling layer that is different from the rest of the cake. If you are ambitious, you may want to decorate with fresh fruits or even get creative with your frosting decorations by making designs.
Just remember to experiment, have fun and never get intimidated with baking!