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Weigh out all ingredients in the exact proportions required.
Use the right baking tin, as specified by your recipe. Grease & line it before hand.
Preheat the oven to the recommended temperature before starting preparation.
When mixing the cake batter always scrape it from the side of the bowl at regular intervals.
Use the baking time given in the recipe only as a guide because each oven varies. Check the cake once or twice before the baking time is completed.
To test a cake for doneness: Poke a knife or skewer in center of the cake, if it comes out clean the cake is done.
When baked remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes. When slightly cooled, remove on a wire rack & let it cool completely.
Cut or slice a cake after 1 – 1 ½ hours or when cooled completely to ensure even cutting.
Be creative when decorating any cake and use originality.
Basic equipment required for baking a cake :
1. Mixing bowl
2. Cake spatula
3. Measuring spoons and cups
4. Kitchen scale
5. Hand whisk/beater or electric beater, preferably
6. Baking tins
7. Greaseproof paper
8. Serrated knife
9. Wooden or metal skewer
10. Pastry brush
11. Icing bags and decorating tips
12. Palette knife
13. Cooling wire rack
14. Cake board or cake platter
15. Cake decorating turntable
For baking always preheat the oven at the required temperature. Baking in cold or overheated ovens causes improper baking of the final product.
Place the baking tray or baking tins according to the type of your oven.
Electric ovens / O.T.G. : Place the baking tray or baking tins towards the bottom.
Gas ovens : Place the baking tray or baking tins towards the top. A cup of water should be
placed in the oven as there is excessive water loss in gas ovens.
Microwave ovens : Baking cycle required is about 1/5 the time taken in a gas/electric oven. Break up the complete
baking cycle required in to 2 – 3 baking cycles for good results. Cover the top of the tray or tin incase of excessive
cooking on the surface.
Combination ovens : Baking cycle is about 2/3 time required in gas/electric oven at the same temperature as that of the gas/electric oven.