How to start Baking Cakes in 6 easy steps?
Does baking a cake sound like climbing mountains to you? The thought of how to make a simple chocolate cake scares you. Confused about how to bake simple cakes at home. Is this you? Then this post is just for you, new baker! It is going to answer your question ‘how to start baking cakes easily!
Baking Cakes for Beginner Bakers
The fact that you are here looking for ways to learn baking easily, differentiates you from people who give up on their baking which is so sad!
I feel happy to introduce you to the amazing world of baking. At first you may feel like Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) and baking would look like this big rabbit hole where you cannot fathom a thing! But trust me once you get a hang of this, you would have magic in your hands!
Beginner Bakers always struggle with finding good recipes which may result in cake fails. I do not totally blame the recipe but I cannot stress the importance of finding a good recipe enough!
PRO TIP: Before choosing a cake recipe, always check the reviews the recipe has got from people. If you feel sure enough about the recipe then go ahead and save it!
Cooking v/s Baking
Baking is WAY WAY different than Cooking! Yes they both are different! I know there are so many aspects to preparing food! This is the very reason I have come up with this post on how to start baking cakes in 6 easy steps! Grab a cup of coffee and start reading. Get ready & begin your journey into the wonderful wonderful world of baking! (It really is wonderful!)
Baking is pure Science! You must have heard this so many times right! But know what? This is 100% true!
Cooking is Art but Baking is Science. You can cover up if you miss adding salt to your yummy looking dishes but that is not the case with baking. If you forget to put sugar in your cake, it is a disaster which you cannot undo and your cake will not be able to see the daylight tomorrow. So it is very important to perform each step in preparing the cake properly.
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Baking is Therapeutic
Did you know that baking is therapeutic to humans? No explaining why we feel amazing when we bake a cake! For this therapy to be successful, your cake should come out smelling amazing and ultimately tasting yum too! We do not want hot air fumes and a burnt or sunken cake coming out of our ovens!
How to Start Baking in 6 easy steps
You can definitely start baking on your own! If you are someone who learns through video, watch my quick 2 minute video on How to make a decadent Chocolate Cake without Eggs to get some clarity on weighing ingredients and mixing.
1. GATHERING ESSENTIAL BAKING TOOLS
There are few tools that you would require to start baking cakes. I have compiled a list of 6 essential tools + 3 optional tools required for a beginner baker which takes you through the most essential baking items you would need in your kitchen to start baking.
The very basics would be an oven, large mixing bowl, measuring spoons, few spoons of different sizes, sieve and kitchen napkins amongst others.
If you do not have an oven and are planning to buy one you should read how to choose an oven for baking cakes?
2. SHORTLISTING A CAKE RECIPE
There are many recipes available on the internet but not every recipe is perfect for your first cake. My advice would be to start with an oil-based cake recipe or a recipe which uses melted butter as it may become difficult to beat the butter properly and to understand for how long to beat the butter.
Try googling for simple cake recipes for beginner bakers, easy cake recipes with melted butter, easy eggless cake recipes with oil, moist cake recipes and so on.
3. READ THE RECIPE TWICE
Do you have all the ingredients with you? If no, then you got to arrange them first before you start mixing anything.
WE CANNOT SKIP ANY INGREDIENT GIVEN IN THE RECIPE. It will only result in cake fails.
Avoid substituting any ingredients at this stage. You can learn that once you are confident enough in baking.
For example, If you do not want to bake with eggs, choose an egg-free recipe to start with but avoid trying to substitute eggs with something else.
BAKING IS PURE SCIENCE. LET’S HAVE FUN EXPERIMENTING
4. MEASURING DRY AND WET INGREDIENTS
When a recipe says 1 teaspoon, use the teaspoon from your measuring spoons set and not any spoon from your kitchen. Regular spoons are not allowed for measuring ingredients. This makes a lot of difference.
I always recommend a digital kitchen scale. You can also use cups for the same but just be careful of the cup sizes as the measuring capacity of every cup is different. Check the cup capacity mentioned in the recipe or google for suitable conversions according to your cup capacity.
Do not swap Baking Powder and Baking Soda for each other. Their role in the recipe is different for each of them.
If the recipe mentions baking powder and you do not have it, you should avoid making that recipe. Use a recipe with baking soda instead.
PRO TIP: DO NOT USE THE FLOUR CAN DIRECTLY TO TAKE OUT AN APPROXIMATE AMOUNT. ALWAYS USE CUPS/SPOONS.
5.MIXING THE BATTER
Once you add the dry and wet ingredients together, you should be very careful to mix gently. Vigorous mixing will kill your cake. For this, mix together all the wet ingredients first and then add them to the dry ingredients step by step in parts and not all at once.
Now that you have mixed together all the ingredients it is time to fill your cake tin with batter. Use a parchment paper or oil-flour method to line the tin. Fill it only till 3/4th mark or 75% of the cake tin size and lick the rest (HAHA!)
Whether you bake in an oven or a microwave with convection mode make sure you follow the recipe instructions regarding the temperature settings and preheat time. Also know that in many recipes the temperatures for preheating the oven and baking the cake are different.
In short, to sum it up, you need to do the following to start baking cakes:
- BUY/ARRANGE ESSENTIAL BAKING TOOLS
- FIND A GOOD RECIPE & WATCH A VIDEO (PREFERABLY ONE BOWL CAKE RECIPE WHOSE INGREDIENTS ARE AVAILABLE IN YOUR PANTRY)
- READ THE RECIPE PROPERLY SO THAT YOU DO NOT MISS ON ANY INSTRUCTIONS
- MEASURE THE INGREDIENTS (A WEIGHING SCALE IS RECOMMENDED)
- MIX THE BATTER GENTLY
If you follow these steps and have the right recipe, you will have a yummy and moist cake in your kitchen which everybody would not be able to keep their hands off from!
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