First Recipe – Delicious Yellow Cake

Hello everyone!  Today I am going to teach you how to make The Delicious Yellow Cake.  This recipe is one of my personal favourite recipes.

Eva’s Delicious Yellow Cake

INGREDIENTS                                                      

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cups sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup low-fat (1%) milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

 

Instructions 

Mix the dry ingredients in the bowl of mixer.  Add shortening, milk and vanilla.  Turn to low and mix for about 1 minute.  Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl with spatula.  Add eggs.  Continuing on low, mixing for about 30 seconds.  Stop and scrape bowl.  Increase speed to medium and beat for about 1 minute.

Pour batter into 2 greased and floured 8-inch or 9-inch round baking pans.  Bake at 350F for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into centre comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Remove from pans.  Cool completely on wire rack.  Frost, if you want to.

 

Tips

-Have a parent with you when you are baking.

-Be very careful when putting things in and taking things out of the oven.

-Follow the recipe very carefully.

-Make sure to use the exact amount of ingredients.

-Grease the pan with butter or spray it with Pam (Pam is a spray-on grease).

-Flour the pan after greasing it by putting a handful of flour in the pan and shake it to get it everywhere, even on the sides.

-This is the grease stuff that I used, but you can use butter, shortening or lard instead.

 

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Check out this video of me greasing a pan.

5 Things You Should Do When Baking

Hello everyone! Today I am going to be telling you 5 things you should do when baking.

Number 1: Turn the timer on – You really don’t want to forget to put your timer on when you have whatever you are baking is in the oven.  If you do you might forget that it is in the oven and burn it.

Number 2: Don’t leave when you are baking –  when you are baking the last thing you want to do is leave.  If you leave when you are still mixing your ingredients then when you come back you might forget what you put in before you left and then put that in again, and if you leave when what you are baking is in the oven then if you forgot to turn on the timer you might burn whatever is in the oven.

Number 3: Measure your ingredient exactly – You should measure your ingredients exactly or your baking might be to watery, dry, or lumpy.  how you measure things exactly when baking is this, if you are measuring dry ingredients you should fill up your measuring cup until it is piled up on top, then you take a butter knife and scrape it over the top so that the top is level and exactly at the top of the measuring cup.

Number 4: Don’t make a mess of the kitchen – If you finish baking and leave the kitchen in a mess your mom might never let you in the kitchen again. So just cleanup as you go, wipe the counter, put the ingredients away as soon as you are done with them, put the dishes in the dishwasher or wash them by hand, and put everything away. That way you will have a happy mom and a clean kitchen. 😉

Number 5: Make lots of things so that you siblings and parents can eat them – one thing that I have learned is that I have to bake lots of things for my siblings and parents.  I have four sibling two older ones and two younger ones, so I have to bake lots of stuff to keep them happy. 😉

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Just remember, if I can bake, so can you!:)

5 Things You Should NOT Mix Up When Baking

Hello everyone! Today I will be telling you about 5 things you should NOT mix up when baking.

Number 1:  Baking Soda and Baking Powder – If you mix these up then whatever you are baking will either not rise as much as it should, or it will be a little bit bitter, and nobody wants to take a bite of baked goods and taste something bitter when they are expecting something sweet.

Number 2:  Teaspoons and Tablespoons – Teaspoons are smaller than tablespoons; one tablespoon is 3 teaspoons.  If you use 1 teaspoon instead of 1 tablespoon, depending on what you’re making it might be a tiny bit too dry, but if you use 1 tablespoon instead of 1 teaspoon, depending on what you’re making it might be a tiny bit watery.  If you accidentally use a tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon, your baking will be too salty.

Number 3:  Sticks of Butter and Cups of Butter – Sticks of butter are commonly used in the UK and cups are commonly used in the USA and Canada.  2 cups of butter = 4 sticks, 1 cup = 2 sticks, and 1/2 cup = 1 stick.

Number 4:  Types of Flour –  You really don’t want to mix up different types of flour.   If I was making pie and the recipe calls for pastry flour then I don’t want to use all-purpose flour.  If I use all purpose or bread flour, then my pie dough will be very chewy.  Bread flour and all purpose flour are made from hard wheat and have more gluten.  Pastry flour has less gluten, which makes it flakier.

Number 5:  Fahrenheit and Celsius –  350 Fahrenheit is 175 Celsius.  If you mix up the temperatures then your baking will take forEva 😉 to cook, or you’ll be reaching for the fire extinguisher.

Just make sure not to mix up any of these and you should be good when it comes to baking!

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And remember, the only way to get good at baking is to practice! 🙂

10 Tips For Good Baking

Here are 10 tips to get good at baking.

#1 Follow the recipe exactly.

#2 Grease and flour the pan before you pour the batter in the cake pan.

#3 Have a parent with you when you bake.  If you are old enough to bake alone, ask your parents first.

#4 Be VERY careful when putting things in and taking things out of the oven.

#5 Clean up as you go.

#6 Use exact measurements.

#7  Make sure that you use oven mitts when taking things out of the oven.

#8 Make sure your cakes, muffins, and cupcakes are done by sticking a skewer\toothpick into the middle and if it comes out clean it’s done.

#9  Make sure to have the oven rack that you are using is in the middle.

#10 Clean up the kitchen when you are done so that your mom doesn’t banish you from the kitchen. 😉

Bonus tip = Make sure you make extra so that your dad can eat it (my dad told me to add this one).

I hope these tips help you with your baking!  And thanks for checking out my blog!

Just remember, if I can bake, so can you! The only way to get good at baking is to practice! 🙂

 

Getting Started

Hello everyone!  Thanks for checking out my blog! Today I will be giving you some tips and recomendations.  Anyone can bake it just takes practice.  About three years ago I could hardly bake at all, and now I can bake plenty of things!  Alright, so if you are a beginner baker than I recommend sticking to easy things, like chocolate chip cookies and/or brownies.

I started out with baking simple things like chocolate chip cookies and brownies.  Then I moved on to chocolate cake, vanilla cake, soft pretzels, etc.  Some good cookbooks that I recommend are – Better Holmes and Gardens Baking Step-by-Step and Illustrated Step-by-Step Baking,  I have both of these books and they are really great because they have step-by-step instructions with photos.

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If you are a more advanced baker these are also good cookbooks.  Another good book is the KitchenAid Best-Loved Recipes. (I have this one too).

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Don’t forget, have a parent watching you or at least in the in the house when you are baking.

Just remember, if I can bake, so can you! 😉