Let’s face it, in our everyday life full of commotion and humdrum, we all seek a little escape to enjoy simple, stress-free moments. Most of us love to cook, but the paucity of time or the fear of getting a recipe wrong keeps us within a bubble of reluctance. When it comes to desserts and baking, most of the amateur cooks steer clear of trying their hands at whipping up exquisite cheesecakes et al. But, as they say, if you want to master the art, do not rush, rather focus on the very basics and start simple. Only when you master the basics will you be able to get your confidence to pull off complex recipes.
To get you started, we present some of the most basic cake recipes that are not only a cakewalk to prepare but are all-time favourites too. But before you tuck yourself in an apron and get ready to bake, here are a few essential tips that every beginner should keep in mind –
According to Mary Berry, an English food author and television presenter popularly associated with The Great British Bake Off, following things should be like your own personal baking bible:
– The right proportion and measurement of ingredients.
– Be watchful while using baking powder
– “A high fat content is essential in the butter or margarine you choose to use. I always aim at over 75%,” states Mary Berry in an interview.
Apart from these, following points will also help a great deal in assisting you in your baking endeavours:
– Consistency of butter is of the utmost importance. Make sure the butter is at room temperature.
– Do not fret at the last moment. Have your ingredients ready and handy.
– Precision is the key. From weighing your ingredients and strictly following the recipe word-by-word to sticking to the given baking time.
– Mix your ingredients well allowing the mixture to get some air.
– Do not guess the temperature; get an oven thermometer if need be.
– Avoid using eggs straight from the refrigerator, all ingredients should be at room temperature.
– Butter the pan properly, use a pastry brush.
– Insert a toothpick into the cake to see if the cake is cooked properly.
– Last but not the least; let your cake cool properly.
1. Flourless Chocolate Cake
Recipe by Chef Joey Matthew
This is a simple cake that can be put together with just five ingredients, in less than half an hour. This does not even require any flour!
2. Butterless Sponge Cake
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta
Sponge cakes are some of the easiest and most fuss-free cakes to prepare. Get the batter right and you can’t go wrong.