or how to bake a cake.
Baking is one of my hobbies, but until now I have always followed the recipes I found in magazines or cookbooks, sometimes with slight changes but nevertheless...And then one day I decided to try and create my own recipe, mainly because I wanted to bake something sweet for the evening tea but didn't have all of the ingredients mentioned in my favourite recipes. So I read a chapter on baking in one of my books and found out that there are some simple principles which if you follow them will allow you to bake any sort of cake you like. It's mostly the question of right proportions.
An "ideal" cake is one where the amount of all the necessary ingredients is the same, like this:
100g flour (+1 1/2g salt)
100g butter, softened
100g eggs (2 medium ones)
100g dry filling
In this case you won't need to use baking powder, soda or self-raising flour.
You can reduce the amount of butter and eggs, substituting them with milk, however, you will have to follow certain rules to achieve a good result. The first rule is that the amount of butter and/or eggs should not be less than 50% of the total amount of flour, otherwise it will change the structure of the dough too much. For every 50g butter and/or egg which you omit, you should add 2 tablespoons milk. In this case, you will also have to use self-raising flour or baking powder (1tsp per 1 c flour).
To achieve a different taste, you can use vanilla, lemon juice, cocoa etc and the ideas for filling include stuff like raisins, nuts, rasped chocolate, apples and the like. You can serve your cake with whipped cream, jam or add a frosting of your choice.
So I played a bit with the ingredients and came up with this:
Here is the recipe:
1.5c flour (150g)
1.5tsp baking powder
15 tbsp powder sugar (I used it because I didn't have enough regular sugar. It gives the cake a rather dry structure, but I liked it).
2 eggs (that would be approximately 100g)
50g butter + 6tbsp vegetable oil (I used olive oil, because I didn't have enough butter, either).
1tsp vanilla extract
Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a greased cake pan. Bake at 160*C for about 50 minutes, or until ready. If you have any original cake recipe of your own, feel free to share it in the comments section!