Domesticity 101 – The Perfect Cake

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

I LOVE CAKE!

There, I said it!  I am a huge fan of good ol’ sponge cake/white cake/yellow cake…..or whatever you most ‘normal’ basic cake is called in your part of the world!

Making The Perfect Cake is hard to do!  It’s very easy to make a dry, bland, overcooked, undercooked, cake that sticks to the pan or falls apart.

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

My personal favorite – Victoria Sponge Cake

However, I believe I have the recipe for a fool proof cake!  This is the easiest and most basic cake you can make – but what’s wonderful about it is that you can then adapt the cake in many, many ways.  You can create different flavors, shapes, patterns, frostings (more on that next week!) for all different occasions and tastes!
Last week, you may have seen my post about Our British Wedding Celebration – for that my Mum and I made loads and loads of cake – 168 pieces to be precise! We made Victoria Sponge cake, Coconut Cherry Cake, Coffee Walnut Cake, Chocolate Cake, Lemon Cake and Fairy Cakes or Cupcakes – big and small…..all using this same basic recipe which we adapted at the final stages to change the flavors and fillings!
Wedding Celebration Cakes

A selection of the cakes we made

Here is the recipe YOU NEED to make The Perfect Cake:

Ingredients:

Yield: 2 x 9-inch round baking tins or around 12 regular sized cupcakes

3 large eggs

6oz/170g all-purpose flour or self-raising flour

6oz/170g butter/margarine

6oz/170g sugar or caster sugar

1tsp vanilla extract (unless you are making a chocolate, coffee or lemon cake as you will add a different flavor later)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

Wait for it…this is REALLY complicated…….

Preheat oven to 325F/170c/Gas 3

Add all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer)

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

Mix together all the ingredients until they are thoroughly mixed – I recommend using an electric hand whisk or a stand mixer as it is much easier on the arms!!

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

Pour into a greased and lined or silicone baking pan/cupcake pan. Ensuring that the pan/cupcake liners are no more than 2/3 full or they will overflow in the oven.

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

Bake at 325F/170C/Gas 3 for around 15-20 minutes for cupcakes and 25-30 minutes for larger cakes, or until the top of the cake is golden brown.

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

To test that the cake is fully cooked insert a toothpick or skewer into the center of the cake at a diagonal, if the toothpick or skewer comes out clean the cake is fully cooked, if there is cake batter on it return to the oven and continue cooking for a few more minutes, testing each time.

Then decorate the cake however you wish! More on that next week!

To make a Victoria sponge cake, add buttercream to one layer

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

Jam/jelly to the other

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

Sandwich the two layers together

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

Sprinkle with sugar and serve!

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

For cupcakes: Using a frosting bag, frost buttercream in a swirl on the top of the cake and add sprinkles or a glace cherry

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

For Lemon cakes: frost a swirl of lemon buttercream around the outside and spoon lemon curd in the center

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

For chocolate cakes: swirl chocolate buttercream on top and add chocolate sprinkles

Domesticity 101 - The Perfect Cake

There are hundreds of frostings and toppings and flavor combinations out there – so get creative!  These are just a few of our suggestions

What is your favorite cake and frosting???

For more tips on frosting and cake decoration – come back next week for Domesticity 101: The Perfect Frosting

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7 thoughts on “Domesticity 101 – The Perfect Cake

  1. Alison Kelly says:

    Another way of testing if the cakes are baked (and my personal choice) is to press LIGHTLY onto the top of the sponge. If it springs back into shape then it is cooked. If it stays indented then it needs a little longer in the oven.

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