Sometimes all you need is a slice of cake, whether you have baked one for a special occasion or you want something sweet after your main meal, the cake is still one of the most popular home baked desserts in the world.
Because they are so versatile! A great cake can be made using all manner of ingredients and decorated to suit your particular need or occasion. And whatever your dietary needs, there is a cake recipe out there for you. You will even be able to find several Vegan cake recipes as well as gluten free ones. Underneath all great cakes is a basic recipe and this is what we are going to share with you today as well as tips and tricks to make it your best cake ever.
Basic Sponge Cake Recipe:
- 200g Self raising flour
- 1 Tsp baking powder
- 200g Softened butter
- 200g Caster sugar
- 4 Eggs
- 2 Tbsp milk
- Preheat your oven to 180C, 160C Fan or Gas mark 4.
- Grease and line two 20cm non-stick round sandwich tins with baking parchment.
- Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and using an electric whisk beat together until smooth.
- Divide the mixture evenly between the two sandwich tins.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.
- Leave the tins to cool slightly before removing the cakes.
- Leave the cakes to cool on a wire rack before decorating.
- You can add other ingredients including fruit, chocolate and nuts to this simple recipe as well as flavourings and colours to make it just how you want it.
- Use a shaped cake tin, like this fantastic silicone dog mould, to change the shape of your cake, perfect for special occasions.
- Split the mixture into cake cases to make cupcakes.
You can decorate you cake however you like, you can add buttercream, and homemade jam to the centre of your cake before icing the cake as a whole. Tricks to help you decorate your cake:
- Use a tilting turntable to help you ice and decorate your cake with ease; we find these particularly useful!
- When spreading your buttercream or icing onto your cake use a slightly warmed up knife or cake spatula as this will make the sticky buttercream and icing easier to spread.
- Store your cake in an airtight tin or plastic cake caddy to help keep it fresher for longer. Use cutters to shape your decorations if you don’t have a steady enough hand to make delicate fondant shapes like these great butterflies.
You can have a lot of fun making and decorating your perfect cake so why don’t you give it a go and see what you can create.