Traditional Cake

This is my first post. Lets start with something sweet… What to make… what to make? Oh this sweet tooth… CAKE!!!! Bingo!!!

This recipe is from my mom… She used to make this when I was a kid and then … she stopped as we had instant cake mixes… But it isn’t the same at all. So I asked her how did she make it… She shared her secret with me…. Make sure all the ingredients are the same weight.

The Ingredients

  • All purpose flour — 300 gm
  • Sugar — 300 gm
  • Eggs — 300 gm
  • Butter — 300 gm
  • Baking powder — 1 tsp
  • Essence (here I am using Vanilla) — 1 tsp 
  • Dried Fruits ( here I am using orange peel in corm syrup) — 1 tbsp

How much of each you ask??? As I have mentioned above … all the items in brown have to be the same weight..

Method:

Step 1: Weigh all these ingredients on a scale… When I did mine… they all weighed 300 gms. (Baseline: the weight of the eggs).. I used five eggs here…

Step 2: To the flour add the baking powder and pass it through the sieve three times. By this you are adding air to it and ensuring that the baking powder is mixed really well.

Step 3: Split the egg yoke from the egg white.. put them in two different containers as they have to be mixed/beaten separately…

step-1a_egg-white-beating
Beating the egg whites

I noticed that the more I beat the egg white, the fluffier the cake gets… So it might take a long time.. But it is WORTH it…

Egg Yokes.jpg
5 Egg yokes

step-1b_beating-up-butter

Step 4: Start by beating the butter… This is usually the first step… But I did this using another mixer and used my Kitchen Aid to beat the egg whites…

Step 5: Add the sugar to the butter and continue beating…  Step 2_Added Sugar.jpg

It should eventually look like this…

step-3_beating-butter-and-sugar

Step 6: Next add the yoke to this mix.. and continue beating… beating-yokes-and-butter-with-sugar

Step 7: By this time the egg whites should be done and have soft peaks…egg-white-soft-peaks

Tis.. the time to mix both the egg white and Sugar – Butter – Yoke mix..

egg-white-and-sugar-batter

This is how they look when you add them….Whites and sugar batter.jpg

Step 8: Add the flour to the mix… When you add flour add it spoon by spoon and ensure that your mixer is its lowest speed.

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Step 9: Keep adding the flour till the last few table spoons… Now if you want to add dried fruits… add them to the flour and them add it to the cake mix… This is so that it mixes well with the cake…

adding-orange-peel-to-maida Mixed Orange peel and maida.jpg

Step 10: Add this to the cake mix and continue mixing … then add the essence / vanilla extract.

adding-orange-peel-to-cake-batter                  Adding extract to mix.jpg

Step 11: Continue mix the batter… Now, get the baking tray ready: first grease the pan with butter. (I used the cover that came with the butter sticks) and then add all purpose flour for dusting… This is so that the cake comes out easily from the pan… I am using a silicone pan.. but I still did in any case…

Step 12: Preheat the oven to 375· F for 10 mins and then lower it to 350 F… You need to bake it for 40 mins.. even though I show here 20 min… I had to double the time…

Step 13: Once the cake is done… this is how it will look:

Cake is READY!!!!.

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