A Cake for Every Occasion!
No Celebration is complete without some cake by everyone’s side, whether its someone’s birthday, the achievement of a milestone or even a get-together or a good day at home, a cake has always been a central part of it.
If you’re someone who loves to not only eat cake but even bake it, then in this article we have everything you want to know.
Whether you are someone who is already into baking but looking for unique flavours to expand your skills or try new things or someone who is a beginner at baking, this article is your guide to be.
We’ve listed down all the steps involved in the making of a cake, along with certain things you should keep in mind to make sure your cake is nothing less than perfection.
We have also compiled a list of 10 Unique Cake flavours, which is going to make you feel like baking right now. Scroll below to read all of it.
How to Bake a Cake: Step by Step Guide
Here are all the steps you need to follow to make a basic vanilla cake:
If you are baking beyond a basic cake, then, of course, some elements and steps will vary a little, with some additions. The frosting will also differ then, and depending upon the cake you are making, you can frost it accordingly.
- 100 grams flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup milk
- 110 grams granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Start with getting your ingredients ready. This means make sure you have everything you need for the recipe in correct order, and in the right measurements.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F (180 C).
- Get your Pan ready by adding a parchment paper on the bottom of the pan (make sure you have the right side), and then butter and grease the sides of your pan.
- For the dry mix, whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.
- In another now beat the eggs (make sure they come to room temperature before you use your eggs). Once the eggs are beaten, add sugar, oil, milk and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Once done, stir in vanilla extract to the same bowl.
- Mix the ingredients in the two bowls in step 4 and 5 together to create a batter and stir with a fork until you have a smooth batter. Do not overbeat it, just make sure you do it till you get rid of all the big lumps.
- Once the batter is ready, pour in the Pan and spread it evenly. Then put the pan in the oven and let it bake for 30 minutes. You can check on your cake on and off, check for the golden top, and you can also in between take a toothpick and insert it in the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, then it means your cake is ready.
- After 30 minutes, take out your cake.
- Let it rest and cool, add the final touches and voila, your cake is ready.
10 Unique Cake Flavour Ideas
Everyone loves different kinds of cake - some like dry cakes, some like cake with a little frosting and some like their cakes to be filled with flavour. Below we have compiled 10 such unique flavours catering to all of your taste buds.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake
Chocolate Hazelnut is a pretty hit combination when it comes to shakes. So we thought why not also make a cake with these two perfect components blended together?
It is a cake which is rich and delicious, with a thick consistency chocolate layer. It is a perfect cake for a small gathering and the cake will be extremely filling due to the overall consistency. You can read a recipe for a Chocolate Hazelnut Torte on www.tasteofhome.com.
Banana Caramel Cake
A Banana Caramel Cake is basically a dry banana cake, with some caramel icing on top, two combinations which work perfectly well, with caramel adding that extra layer of moisture and flavor to the dry banana cake.
Usually along with the icing of caramel, you can also add some freshly sliced bananas and add a few more drips of that thick caramel to make it filled with pungent flavors.
You can read one such recipe on www.countryliving.com.
Strawberry Cheese Cake
There is nothing that beats a classic cheesecake. It is spongy, light and melts in your mouth with every bite. A cheesecake can have one or more layers depending upon if you’re making a classic one or the one with certain layers.
A classic cheesecake has a creamy texture, and a tangy taste. You can even play around a little with a classic cheesecake by adding some fruits or sauce on the top of it, to add some extra flavour. But even without it, cheesecake is something that you would love.
Here we have shared a New York Style Cheesecake Recipe, a classic cheesecake with some fresh strawberries topped on it. You can read the whole recipe on www.browneyedbaker.com.
Classic Vanilla Cake
A fan of dry cakes? Well then, there is nothing better than a classic Vanilla cake especially if you are just starting to try your hand at baking.
It is extremely easy to make, and you can add some elements to the icing bit of it. The basic recipe for this one is the one stated at the beginning of this article.
You can, however, also add some layers of moist vanilla in this cake, to add an extra layer of flavour. To know how to make that one, you can read this recipe on www.countryliving.com.
Red Velvet Choco Lava Cake
A Red Velvet cake is a very popular choice. This one is where we suggest a combination of choco lava inside a red velvet cake.
It is a version of choco lava, with the melted chocolate inside a red velvet cake. This one is basically a red velvet cake with a centred chocolate ganache.
Not only is it a unique cake, but also offers a bust of flavours. However, it is not an easy cake to make and you will have to focus on all the details of the many steps that this recipe entails. You can read a detailed recipe on how to make a Red Velvet Choco Lava Cake on www.haffbakedharvest.com.
Everyone’s favourite - Oreo on a Cake. It’s a cake which will be loved by all.
An Oreo Chocolate Cake is where the main batter will have crushed Oreos all along, giving you a cake filled with surprises on every bite, and since we cannot get enough of oreo, it also has an icing of oreo.
If you are making this cake for someone who loves oreo, trust us, they will love it. You can read a detailed recipe on how to make an Oreo Cake on www.lifeloveandsugar.com.
Blueberry Cheese Cake
One of the cheesecakes which are very popular and loved is a Blueberry cheesecake. The flavours of Fruity Blueberry balancing against the flavour of the cheese, while it melts in your mouth is absolutely brilliant.
Moreover, the cake looks extremely pretty, making it hard to say no.
There are different versions of Blueberry Cheesecake and the common one is where the blueberry Jam is created and once cooled, it is used to create a separate layer after the cheese.
Another take on a Blueberry Cheesecake is when the Blueberry Jam is mixed with the cheese, creating one single layer and batter. This one makes your cook unique and is a different take on Blueberry cheesecake. If you would like to give this one a try, you can read the entire recipe on www.sassandveracity.com.
Nutella Chocolate Cake
Well, who doesn’t love Nutella? If you are someone who loves Nutella, then you must try making a nutella chocolate cake.
A Nutella Chocolate Cake is basically a light chocolate cake with an icing of Nutella, which creates a very tasty combination. It is basically creating a combination of two flavours which is loved by all - Chocolate and Nutella.
It is perfect for a Birthday Party since the children would love it. It is easy to make and yet is fully packed with unique flavours.
Head to www.lifeloveandsugar.com to follow a very simple Nutella Chocolate Cake Recipe to get started.
A Mousse Cake is something that feels light when you take a bite and is everyone’s favourite. One of the very loved mousse cakes is a Chocolate Mousse Cake. A Mousse cake can have many layers to it, depending upon what all flavours you are looking at.
A mousse cake also does not have a very simple recipe. One of the main elements that you have to take care of is the consistency of the batter making sure that all the layers are properly set.
Here is one such recipe for a Chocolate Truffle Mousse Cake, which has certain layers to it and very unique in flavours. You can read the entire recipe on www.aspicyperspective.com.
Pistachio Baklava Cake
A unique cake with Greek, Turkish and Lebanese elements, this cake is nothing less than a whirlwind. It has layers which are crunchy and light, made using phyllo dough and has chopped nuts and sweet syrup.
Two of the very prominent flavours in a Pistachio Baklava Cake, are pistachios and the infused rose water syrup. This cake is a rather difficult one to make, with great attention to detail.
But once prepared, it will be worthwhile. You can read a detailed recipe on how to make this cake on www.hungryrabbit.com..
Bonus Tip: Things to Keep in Mind While Baking Your Favorite Cake
Making a Cake is something which not only needs certain steps to be followed, but there is a lot of details involved in every step, which means there is a lot of scope of error.
However, there are certain main elements which usually create an error when it comes to making a cake from scratch. We’ve listed all such things down, which will save you the trouble if you are extra cautious about it from the beginning.
Ingredients and Measurements Matter
Both Ingredients and Measurements are the primary and the most crucial element of any recipe and both are equally important because both the elements exist mutually once you start with your recipe.
Make sure you have all the ingredients before you get started. If you are following a recipe, have all the ingredients ready, and if there is something you do not have, then do your research and have an alternative. If you are creating your own recipe, list down all the elements involved and the steps therein.
Similarly, measurement is also a very key element in cooking, especially baking. This is something that you must incorporate especially when you are following a recipe. This is because if you do not follow the measurements, the results will not be as flawless as the recipe itself.
Another additional tip is that it is always a better idea to have all your ingredients ready in the correct measurements before you start with the recipe because usually when following a recipe, there is a lot of hustle and that is when it feels easier to go by estimation rather than the actual measurement.
Focus on the Consistency
Another important element while making a cake is your Batter’s consistency, which can make or break your cake. It is important that your batter is of the right consistency - not under beaten or over beaten, just the right consistency.
To ensure that, make sure you follow the recipe correctly and understanding the consistency has a lot to do with how you whip the ingredients, and it is something you learn over time.
Good Finishing is Essential
The excitement of being done with so many steps involved in the making of a cake can sometimes leave a scope of error in the end. This is when your cake is in the oven and is almost baked.
Here are two things you should keep in mind to make sure your cake has the right finishing:
- Let it rest: Once your cake is out of the oven, you need to let it rest and cool down before you frost it or cut it into slices.
- Frost it right: A cake is defined by not only how it tastes but also how it looks, which means the frosting and presentation of it. Make sure your cake looks as good as it tastes, and keep the presentation nice and tidy to give someone a wholesome experience with your cake.
Bake a Flavorful Cake from The Comfort of Your Home in 2019
There you have it! We have listed some of the simplest and mouth watering cake ideas which you will love to try your hands on this year. What's more, these are super-easy to make! You can thank us later!