Better with homemade birthday cake. Since Betty is the best at preparing birthday cake for mother, we thought we’d share her insight so you can prepare a show-stopping cake from scratch. We’ll teach you how to choose a recipe, determine pan size, bake, chill, and decorate. Let’s bake a birthday cake without further ado.
Choose a recipe. Yellow cake is easy. If you want to go all out, make chocolate devil’s food or red velvet cake. If you don’t like traditional icing, try German chocolate cake. They offer birthday cake recipes. Angel food, pound, sponge, and chiffon cakes require different processes.
1. Get the baking pans ready
Preparing the pans before adding the batter prevents sticking. Most cake recipes include greasing, flouring, waxing, or parchment. Glossy pans hold heat better and produce a golden crust, according to our Test Kitchen. If using a dark or dull pan, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees Fahrenheit and check on the cake 3 to 5 minutes early.
2. Bring the ingredients to room temperature.
Eggs and butter, for example, are often called for in cake recipes and must be at room temperature. Butter will incorporate more readily, and the cake’s overall volume will increase thanks to the eggs.
3. Preheat the oven
Cakes baked too rapidly will develop tunnels and cracks, whereas cakes baked too slowly will be gritty. Please wait at least 10 minutes for your oven to heat up, then check with a thermometer to ensure it’s at the right temperature. Adjust the oven temperature by 25 degrees if you use dark cake pans.
4. Mix the dry ingredients
Flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and sometimes sugar are examples of dry ingredients. Instead of adding the dry ingredients to the batter one by one, mix them all first. In that method, you can rest assured that all batters will receive the same amount of each ingredient.
5. Mix the sugar and butter
Butter and sugar must be creamed. Whip the butter for 30 seconds with a mixer (Target). For this step, a medium-speed stand mixer or high-speed hand mixer is excellent. Mix medium-speed sugar until frothy. Please allow 3–5 minutes. Scrape the basin while hammering. Butter and sugar create small bubbles that make your cake light and fluffy.
6. Add eggs one at a time
When adding the eggs (or egg whites), beat well after each addition. Proteins in them build a framework around the air pockets, which helps to keep the texture intact.
7. Add Dry and Wet Ingredients
Low-speed combine butter, eggs, and sugar. Before adding the butter, eggs, and sugar, combine the dry and wet components. When liquid is introduced to flour, gluten is created. Gluten-filled cakes are challenging. Start and end with flour, and don’t overmix after adding juice.
8. Bake the batter-filled pans.
Evenly disperse the batter among the prepared baking dishes. To get a uniform batter coating, use an offset spatula to distribute it. Spread to the pan’s edge—Bake as indicated.
9: Check the Cake’s Cooking temperature!
A cake baked for too long will be dry, and no one wants that. Keep the oven door closed until the cake has baked for as long as the recipe calls. Try sticking a wooden toothpick into the middle of your cream cake. The cake is made when a pick inserted into the centre is almost completely clean. If a toothpick comes out wet, the cake needs more time.
10: Let the Cake Layers Cool
Cool cake layers in pans for 10 minutes. Knife over pan edges loosens cakes for easier removal. Flip each cake onto a rack over a baking sheet. Avoid damaging the cakes’ edges when removing the pans. Cake paper should be removed. Cool the cake in the refrigerator. This ensures the cake won’t fall apart when frosted.
11. Frosting is applied
The crumb coat is the key to successfully icing a multi-layer cake. Spread a thin layer of icing all over the top and sides of the cake to achieve this. A sloppy first coat serves a valuable purpose in preventing crumbs from mixing into the icing. Please wait 30 minutes before serving the cake so the frosting can be set.
You can now experiment with different frosting colours, piping techniques, and cake decorations in the comfort of your home, and you know how to bake a birthday cake for father from scratch.