Chocolate Craving Cake has the most decadent, rich chocolate flavor without a whole lot of fuss. Then, it’s paired with a chocolate frosting that is nothing like I have ever imagined! I wanted a chocolate cake. No, I needed one. But I didn’t want to make a huge cake or get out special cake pans,…
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s to the garden I go! And come back with loads of zucchini. And then bake with it. It’s in my blood people. This Lemon Blueberry Cake with loads of gorgeous Zucchini is going to be your new favorite dessert!! Don’t miss my 50 Best Cake Recipes if you want to be inspired!…
By far the best Cream Cheese Pound Cake I have ever eaten or shared! This pound cake recipe will surely become a classic in your home. I can’t recommend it enough! Cream Cheese Pound Cake It’s worth mentioning again just how amazing this cake is. Everything about it from the golden crust to the delicate…
How to Prepare Cake
Read through the cake recipe before you start baking. Make sure that you have all the necessary ingredients available. Often times a cake recipe will call for room-temperature ingredients (like butter and eggs) and setting them out ahead of time so that they can gradually soften is best.
Mixing Tools Needed for Cakes
The tools you use to mix cake can be just as important as the ingredients. Many cakes utilize the creaming method which is creaming together the butter and sugar first. While creaming, the sugar crystals are cut into the butter -or fat- which creates tiny pockets of air that will help the cake to rise. It is important is use a stand mixer in this method as you often want to cream the butter and sugar at high speeds for a longer amount of time. While a hand-held mixer will work, it may not get you the same results.
Preparing Cake Pans
Pans and how you prepare them matter. Light-colored pans (and glass) work the best for baking cakes. Dark metal absorbs heat faster and can result in the bottom and edges of your cake burning. The gold standard for preparing pans is the butter, flour, and parchment method. This is covering the pan in a thin coat of butter, dust it with flour (or cocoa for chocolate cakes) and then line the pan with parchment paper made to fit. You can also use my homemade GOOP (my favorite for intricate pans!) or non-stick baking spray.
While I do focus mostly on From-Scratch Baking, even offering up recipes that replace the box mix like this Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix, there are plenty of recipes for folks who prefer a box mix.
At the end of the day, I hope you love the process just as much as the final result. Research has shown that baking is good for your mental health. There is no greater feeling than seeing someone’s eyes light up when you present them with a delicious and perfectly baked cake!
Wow, it’s my brand-new Cookbook!
Homestead Recipes is a book about comfort food! The best kind in my opinion. This book has you covered with recipes for all types of meals, with chapters for breakfast, casseroles, soups, appetizers, ground beef, chicken, pork, vegetables, salads, bars, desserts, and cookies.