Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – VIII

Classic Birthday Cake From: MarkSource: King Arthur box 2 cups (241g) King Arthur Cake Flour [surprise!]1 1/4 tsp salt2 tsp baking powder4 large eggs2 cups (397g) granulated sugar1 Tbl (14g) vanilla extract1/8 tsp almond extract (optional)1 cup (227g) milk; whole milk preferred4 Tbl (57g) butter; cut into pieces1/3 cup (67g) vegetable oil Preheat the ovenContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – VIII”

Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – VII

The cake from Part VI is not very good. There is a “Classic Birthday Cake” recipe on the back of the King Arthur flour box, which looks like “white cake”, which was the point of trying the Snow Cake. I think it is safe to assume that is a well tested recipe. Classic Birthday CakeContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – VII”

Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – VI

Snow Cake From: Erna 1 cup sugar½ cup butter½ cup milk1 ½ cups flour1 tsp baking powder4 egg whites (beaten stiff) This looks like a white cake to me, so let’s give it a whirl. The potential problems, which I see already: No instructions at all. What size pan? What temperature? How long? No oil.Continue reading “Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – VI”

Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – V ½

What’s next? Having made orange cake and used orange marmalade as an ingredient, I realized that I have some grape syrup that I made last fall. It was supposed to be grape jelly, but I didn’t use enough pectin, so it’s runny syrup that isn’t really good for anything, although it’s not bad on waffles.Continue reading “Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – V ½”

Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – IV

Orange Cake – Frosting As I mentioned, I started with Italian Buttercream. Italian Buttercream From: MarkSource: allrecipes.com 1 ¼ cups sugar⅔ cup water – room temperature5 egg whitespinch cream of tartar2 cups unsalted butter – room temperature cut into Tbls1 tsp vanilla extract Bring sugar and water to a boil until 240 degrees.While sugar isContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – IV”

Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – III ½

Equipment I’m interrupting the flow for backstory so y’all know what I have to work with. I have no idea why I even had cake pans, but I have two 8-inch round cake pans. I now have two 9-inch round cake pans. Because the store was having a buy-two-get-one-free sale, I also have a newContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – III ½”

Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – III

Orange Cake From: Mark [that’s me]Source: Williams-Sonoma.com via Rob 1 ½ cup sugar6 eggs (room temperature)separated plus 2 egg whites1 orange zest½ cup fresh orange juice (room temperature)2 ¼ cups cake flour, sifted1 Tbl baking powder1 tsp salt½ cup vegetable oil (canola recommended)¼ cup water½ tsp cream of tartar [This one has instructions!]Preheat oven toContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – III”

Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – II

Orange Cake From: Erna [that’s grandma]Source: Leona 1 ½ cups flour6 eggs (whites separate)1 orange rind½ cup orange juice2 cups Swansdown™  flour (after sifting) Bake one and one quarter hours slowly. This is the recipe that inspired the Learning 2 Bake effort. If you know anything about cakes, which I did not when I attemptedContinue reading “Learning 2 Bake, from Scratch – II”