Jan 21, 2009

My First Cake

When it comes to cake, I would say " I am a good eater than a baker". I like to eat all kinds of cakes. But when it comes to baking, I am scared to try that part. As Jaishree has mentioned in her blog, cooking regular dishes for more 10 people(in my case) is easy to me than bake a cake. But all of a sudden, my girls wanted to bake cookies. So I got the pre prepared refrigerated cookie dough from grocery store and helped them to bake the cookies. They enjoyed baking cookies and they shared it with their friends in their class. Now they want to bake a cake. Well truly speaking, baking a cake with kids around is really a hard task. First I tried a simple chocolate cake, where my girls wanted to put all the ingredients and I allowed them to do that even though I know that this is not gonna work, I just want to encourage them. They put all the dry and wet ingredients in a bowl and tried hard to mix those and I helped them mix it and popped it in the oven for 40 mts. I came out like a chocolate cookie... Well they were happy and were satisfied with what they did and had a whole bowl of those chocolate cookies and started playing. But I was not satisfied personally, cos I just wanted to bake a cake. Again I browsed most of the websites and got a recipe for simple cake and tried the same day itself and it was really a success. Now I am thinking of joining a short term course in baking cakes... Here goes the recipe.

Ingredients:-
  1. All purpose flour - 2 cups
  2. Egg-3
  3. Sugar - 1 cups (acc to taste)
  4. Butter or Margarine - 1/4 cup
  5. Milk - 1 cup
  6. Baking powder - 3 1/2 tsp
  7. Salt - 1 tsp
  8. Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees F(175 Degrees C). Grease and flour one 9 x 13 inch pan. Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. set it aside for some time. In the mean time, in a large bowl, cream sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating just to combine. Finally, stir in vanilla. Pour batter into the pan. Bake at 350 degreesF for 40 to 45 mts. or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Frost and enjoy. As far as frosting is concerned, I used the store bought frosting and sprinkles which I asked my girls to do it. We shared the cake pieces with the kids in their class and they all enjoyed it. I have taken print out of Jaishree's chocolate and Pineapple cake. Hopefully will bake it during the weekend.
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