Cake is often served as the dessert at ceremonial occasions, particularly weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. With the improvement of kitchen appliances, cooking cakes nowadays is no longer a complicated procedure for the housewives. Following some simple directions, you can not only make your favorite cakes at home, but also create romantic atmosphere for your special days.
Simple Yet Very Tasteful Chocolate Coffee Cream Cake
In fact, there are actually millions of cake recipes and some of them are centuries old. Specifically speaking, there are various kinds of cakes in terms of special ingredients used and cooking methods. Among all cakes, yeast cakes have the longest history with a similar flavor to yeast breads. Sponge cakes are considered as one of the typical cakes without relying on yeast, and the Italian pan di Spagna and the French Génoise can be the representatives of this type. Another should be cheese cakes which use mostly some form of cheese, like cream cheese, mascarpone, ricotta or the like. Beyond the above mentioned types, cakes may be divided on the basis of suitable situations or occasions. In the marriage ceremony or birthday party, cakes are always served to show blessing and hopeful wishes.
Pan Di Spagna
General Cake Ingredients
Generally, the ingredients of cakes include some kind of flour, a sweetening agent, like sugar, a binding agent, including generally egg, fats, such as butter, shortening, or margarine, a liquid like milk, water or fruit juice, flavors and some form of leavening agent, and yeast or baking powder are good choices. In fact, to cook cakes is quite easy as long as you follow the instructions below.
Typical Cake Ingredients
In order to create a romantic atmosphere as well as please our eyes, frosting, icing or toppings, like sprinkles can be used to enhance the cooking style for a cake. It is easy to make frosting with powdered sugar, milk or sometimes cream. Some decorators are inclined to apply lard to create more air bubbles，which makes the icing light and spreadable. At the end of the twentieth century, original cake decoration methods became popular to the public including many special sprinkles. In addition, various techniques are used to print photos onto cakes. In order to have satisfactory decoration, you cannot achieve your final goal without using some special tools, like bags. Of course various piping tips can also help to promote the final success. For example, in order to apply piping bags properly, you had better attach the piping tip with a coupler to the piping bag. With the help of some piping tips and different skills, many different designs can be achieved as you desire.
Various Styles Of Chocolate Cake Decorations
Different Types of Cakes
There are so many kinds of cake that you can cook at your home kitchen; of course, it is wise to follow the instructions of some recipes, otherwise, you will probably lose confidence after having your cake.
The first one I want to recommend is apple cake.
The ingredients needed are usually 1 cup sugar,1 cup brown sugar,1 cup butter,1 teaspoon baking soda,2 eggs,1 cup buttermilk,1 teaspoon baking powder,2 1/2 cups flour,1 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 cups chopped apple. In addition, if you want to decorate your cake, you can add the topping which are made of sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped nuts and coconut. Please preheat your oven to 350 degrees. After creaming butter in a large bowl, add sugar, brown sugar, eggs, buttermilk, baking powder, baking soda, flour, and cinnamon and mix well. Stir in apples and pour batter into a baking pan, sprinkling with topping. Bake for 40 minutes and serve on the table.
Typical Apple Cake
Cheese Pound Cake:
Another delicious cake is cream cheese pound cake.
Ingredients include 1/2 lb. butter, 1/2 pound cream cheese, 2 cups sugar, 2 cups self-rising flour, 6 eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Above all, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until they become smooth. Then, add flour, eggs and vanilla. Blend completely with cream cheese mixture and pour it into greased 10" tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees approximately for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Be careful not to over bake causing the cake to become too dry.
However, even though you follow the instruction carefully, it does not necessarily mean you can make a perfect cake for sure. As for the real procedure of cooking a cake, we have to admit that it is usually not so easy for a beginner who probably get so many experiences when the homemade cake just did not come out right. The newly cooked cake may fell apart, or it is too dry.
Funnel Cream Cheese Pound Cake
In order to make it easy, here are some cooking tips for you to follow. Above all, it is essential to grease and flour pans as directed in recipes for butter-type cakes. However, you do not need grease pans for angel, sponge and chiffon cakes unless directed in the recipe. Then, it is better to brush the bottom and the sides of your cake pans with a pastry brush. After that, you can add some flour into your pans, covering the bottom and sides, which will help the cake come out of the pan easier. In addition, you absolutely should preheat the oven. If you put your cakes in a cold oven, the varying temperature of the oven will cause the cake to be drier and even will cause the cake to be misshapen. In the course of cooking, you should place the oven in the center of the oven, unless the recipe states differently. Bake only on one rack. Remember that if you use glass pan, reduce the temperature by 25 degrees.
After the cake is done, remember to cool the cakes completely on wire racks for at least three minutes before taking the cake out of the pan. Try to level the top of the cake using a butter knife to give it a really good look. Make sure to brush away any crumbs from the top of the cake to avoid having a lumpy frosting. If you can not eat all this cake, you should store the cakes with creamy frostings under a cake saver or large inverted bowl.