Whether you have just finished renovating a beautiful new kitchen design, or you fancy a little bit of fun for your old kitchen, baking cakes make a great way to pass the time. This is great particularly if you are expecting guests or you are looking at ways of spending more time with the kids or the grandkids. There are an infinite number of recipes out there for baking cakes and making cookies, but sometimes they can be quite complicated.
We have compiled 4 very simply recipes for yummy cakes that anyone can make. Try these on for size;
Chocolate Sponge Cake
Ingredients Needed – 115g self-raising flour, 170g unsalted butter, 170g caster sugar, 55g cocoa powder, 3 large eggs, pinch of salt (for the buttercream) 85g unsalted butter, 185g icing sugar, 55g milk or dark chocolate.
How To – Preheat the oven to 190 degrees and then grease and line two sandwich tins. Mix the butter and sugar until it is a creamy texture. Sieve the cocoa, flour and salt into a separate bowl. Gradually add the flour and the eggs to the butter and sugar, stirring until the batter is smooth and thick. Spread the mixture evenly into the tins using a knife and spoon and bake for 25 minutes in the oven. Leave to cool.
To make the buttercream, simply melt the chocolate in a microwave or over boiling water, then add the butter and half of the icing sugar and gently mix. Gradually add the rest of the icing sugar until you have a thick buttercream icing. Once the cake is cool, spread the top of one cake with the buttercream icing, leaving some for the top of the entire cake. Shave the top off of your second cake so that it has a flat surface and flip it onto the other cake, sandwiching the buttercream in between the two. Finish your cake off by topping it with the rest of the buttercream.
Ingredients Needed – 100g unsalted butter, 100g caster sugar, 100g self-raising flour, 2 large eggs, 1 tbsp milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ¼ tsp salt.
How To – Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a 12 hole tin with 12 paper fairy cake cases. Beat the butter in a bowl with an electric whisk until pale and fluffy and gradually add the sugar. Beat the eggs together and then gradually add it to the main mixture, making sure to go slow lest the mixture split.
Sift your flow into a bowl and then fold the flour into the rest of the cake mix, then add the vanilla, salt and milk. Fill the paper cases half full, as they will rise, and then bake for 15 minutes until golden brown in the oven. Place the cakes on a cooling rack when they are cool enough to touch. Once fully cool, add your choice of plain icing or buttercream icing.
Ingredients Needed – 150g Dark Chocolate, 2 Tbsp Golden Syrup, 1 Tbsp Butter, Cornflakes (as many as you like!)
How To – This is an incredibly simple yet beautifully delicious recipe that is ideal for any housewarming party. Simply melt the chocolate in a pan or in a glass bowl over boiling water to prevent the chocolate from burning, and then add in the butter and golden syrup. Mix together and then gradually add in the cornflakes, stirring gently in a folding motion so that the cornflakes are fully covered. A surprisingly small amount of mixture is needed to cover your cornflakes so keep adding cornflakes to the mixture until satisfied.
Spoon the mixture into individual cupcake cases and then leave to cool on the counter top or in the fridge. These cornflake cakes are both gooey and crunchy; delicious!
Vanilla Pound Cake
Ingredients Needed – 200g unsalted butter, 200g caster sugar, 400g all-purpose flour, 4 large eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp salt.
How To – Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Butter a medium sized loaf pan to start with and then beat the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Gradually add the eggs as you continue to beat the mixture thoroughly, then add the vanilla and salt.
Now add the flour carefully, gently beating until the mixture is just combined, but do not overmix otherwise the cake will be too heavy! Bake for around 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Take it out once cooked and let it cool for 15 minutes before turning it out of the pan to dry on a cooling rack completely.
With so many cake recipes out there, it can be hard to sift through the more complicated recipes and just get down to baking. Everybody has to start out somewhere, so why not try a few of these great cake recipes to start with!
Article provided by www.pricekitchens.co.uk, a family run kitchen manufacturer and installation specialist operating in Surrey for over 35 years.