I LOVE going to the bakery and immersing myself with lovely aromas that fill the air. I especially enjoy looking at the cakes because they are usually SO beautifully decorated and yummy to eat, of course.
If you like to bake, here's a universal cake recipe that I like to use. You can also level up your cake baking game - be sure to check out the table below for ideas on how you can make your cake even more interesting or better suit your needs.
ROVENA'S UNIVERSAL VANILLA CAKE RECIPE
3/4 cup Butter, soft at room temperature
1 1/4 cup Sugar
3 Whole Eggs, beaten
1 cup Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1/4 tsp Salt
3 tsp Baking Powder
2 1/2 cup Cake Flour
1 large Baking Pan (any shape, approx. 12 inch)
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F or 177°C.
- In a large bowl, add butter and sugar. Beat well until texture is light and fluffy.
- Then add beaten eggs and vanilla essence. Mix well.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
- Gently fold in flour, bit by bit. Alternate with adding milk. If batter starts to feel dense, add 1 to 3 more tablespoons of milk as needed.
- Grease and flour the baking pan. Pour batter into the baking pan and bake in the oven for 40-45 min. To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the centre of the cake and see if it comes out clean.
Change It Up:
|If you want to make the cake:
- Pour batter into a Cupcake Pan
- Decrease baking time to 20 min
- Decrease flour to 1 1/2 cups
- Add 1 cup of cocoa powder
- Use coconut milk instead of cow milk
- Add 1/4 cup desiccated coconut to batter
Choose an option:
- Add 1 tbsp grated orange or lemon peel to batter
- Add 1 tbsp grated ginger root to batter
- Substitute eggs with 6 egg whites and 1 tsp cream of tartar. Whip in a separate bowl until peaks form, then gently fold in the batter.
- Divide batter into smaller portions in separate bowls
- Add food colouring to batter in each bowl with a different colour in each bowl
- Pour batter into baking pan, bit by bit, by alternating among all the different colour batter, resulting in a rainbow marbling effect
Then choose any topping below:
- Add whipped cream, icing, or Nutella (hazelnut cocoa spread)
- Add sprinkles or coloured sugar
- Add nuts, sunflower seeds or poppy seeds
- Add desiccated coconut
- Add chocolate chips, nibs or shavings
- Add mini marshmallows
- Add berries or cut fruit slices
- LESS SWEET: Decrease sugar to 3/4 cup
- LESS FAT: Use margarine instead of butter. Use skim-milk.
- MORE FIBRE: Decrease flour to 2 cups and add 3/4 cup flat rolled oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds
- Don't make it Fancy
CHEMISTRY OF BAKING A CAKE
It was super fun designing and screen printing this molecule Baking A Cake Tea Towel. Because baking is chemistry, am I right? This tea towel shows the molecules that represent all the ingredients needed to bake a vanilla cake. The aqua colour is simply gorgeous!
Are you a sweet tooth? Do you like cakes? What's your favourite flavour of cake?
I hope you have a chance to try out the cake recipe I shared above. I'm curious to know how it turns out. Did you use any of the options in the Change It Up Table? Let me know in the comments below.
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