Blame it all on Sanjeev Kapoor, the one who calls cooking an Art and creates mouth-watering wonders on his cookery shows.
While watching one of his Baking episodes I got inspired and thought I should try a hand on this. I was inspired to bake a cake. What next?
Baking requires specific ingredients, utensils and a Convection Oven. Don’t start unless you have them. Once you have them you can bake almost everyday . It took me about 2 weeks to gather all of them. So I thought I should list this up somewhere for fellow bakers (not that this is the only place)
So for baking a basic sponge cake all you need is:
- Convection Oven(For me I had to go out shopping for an OTG-Oven toaster Griller… Microwaves can also bake cake, I am still wondering how).
- Hand blender (manual/electric)electric Philips hand blender of 300 watts is preferred.
- Cake tins- Available in all big stores like D-mart, big bazar and Reliance.
- Eggs: 4
- All purpose flour (Maida): 2 cups
- Sugar: 250 gms or 2 cups
- Butter: 1 cup (I use Chitale’s)
- Vanilla extract: tbsp
- Baking Soda: 1 tbsp
- Soda: 1 tbsp
- Salt: as per taste
- Sieve flour, sugar, salt and sodas in bowl. Set it aside
- Take another bigger bowl, add butter to it.
- Beat eggs in it and start blending.
- Add vanilla essence to it. Blend it.
- Start adding the flour mixture slowly and blend. Keep blending the mixture for around 10-12 minutes.
- Grease the cake tin with butter and dust with flour
- Pour the batter created in step 5.
- Pre-heat the Oven to 180 degree Celsius. Put the cake tin and bake it for 25 minutes.
- After first 20 minutes check if it is done using a tooth pick. If it comes out clean, then stop the Oven. If not, then let it continue.
- Remove the cake tin once done and allow it cool.
Some secrets to baking
- Baking time …the less it is the better it is
- The more you blend, the more spongy it is
- Blend blend and blend to avoid soda..
- Proportion matters… all ingredients should be in correct measures.