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Easy cake recipes - April 9th 2013, 12:03 PM

I want to start baking cakes I like cooking but I'm really bad at it :') Could someone post the easiest cake recipe you know? Something idiot proof

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Re: Easy cake recipes - April 9th 2013, 08:59 PM

Hey there!
You are speaking to a cake design student
Honestly, almost every bakery uses a commercial mix~ people are just so used to that moist, fluffy taste...traditional cakes can be dry.


I'm a BIG advocate for homemade

However, yellow/vanilla cake is tricky from scratch, so I'll just give you chocolate.

Epic Chocolate Cake (semi-homemade, foolproof)

1 pkg (18.25oz) Devil's food cake mix (Devil's food is richer than traditional chocolate)
1 (5.9oz) pkg chocolate pudding mix
1 c. sour cream
1 c. vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 c. warm water
2 cups semi-sweet (aka dark) chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a well greased 12 cup bundt pan.
  3. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake thoroughly in pan at least an hour and a half before inverting onto a plate If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar.
EEEp just realized you are from the UK! Can those measurements be converted? :/

Anyway, in conclusion, I think it's just easiest to make cake straight from the box.

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Re: Easy cake recipes - April 9th 2013, 09:26 PM

Hey c:
I'm no professional but baking's a hobby and this is our foolproof, basic sponge cake.

100g self-raising flour, sifted
100g (caster) sugar
100g butter, softened
2 eggs

- Cream butter and sugar in a bowl, keep mixing till its soft and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time with a spoonful of flour
- Fold in the rest of the flour (move the spoon in a figure of 8 shape, it stops you crushing out all the air)
- Pour batter into greased cake tin (7" round-ish works well) (if its a normal tin either line it with greaseproof paper/baking parchment or spread butter around it. If you're using silicone (which I highly reccomend ^^) there's no need.)
-Bake at gas mark 4 (I don't know about electric ovens, sorry :L) for about 25 minutes. Check to see if it's cooked by sticking a skewer (or knife if you have no skewer) into the centre. If it comes out clean, it's good to go. It should also be golden brown ish.
-Leave to cool for a few minutes, take out of tin, then leave to cool for a bit longer if you're going to ice it, or eat it warm.
-Icing-wise, I usually either dust it with icing sugar, or use glace (icing sugar plus like a teaspoon of water) or butter icing (icing sugar, softened butter).

Hope this helped

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