2020-11-28

Baking Basics-Sponge Cake

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)

New folderSo 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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

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How to:

  1. Sieve flour, sugar, salt and sodas in bowl. Set it aside
  2. Take another bigger bowl, add butter to it.
  3. Beat eggs in it and start blending.
  4. Add vanilla essence to it. Blend it.
  5. Start adding the flour mixture slowly and blend. Keep blending the mixture for around 10-12 minutes.
  6. Grease the cake tin with butter and dust with flour
  7. Pour the batter created in step 5.
  8. Pre-heat the Oven to 180 degree Celsius. Put the cake tin and bake it for 25 minutes.
  9. 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.
  10. Remove the cake tin once done and allow it cool.

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Some secrets to baking

  1. Baking time …the less it is the better it is
  2. The more you blend, the more spongy it is
  3. Blend blend and blend to avoid soda..
  4. Proportion matters… all ingredients should be in correct measures.

 

thank you for reading. Feedback is appreciated

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