When you feel exhausted and you think the need to refill is important, I’d advise you to bake. It’s a good choice because it is easy and stress-free. If you follow strictly the basic steps in this article you should get over it, just after you’re done reading.
In this how to guide on baking, our pastry of choice is the cake. Other than a cake, there are other foods especially in Nigeria that can be baked. Some of such include, moi moi, Okpa etc. In the course of this article, we would be elucidating on the ingredients needed for baking, and a step wise guide on how to bake. Without further ado, let us delve in.
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Important Ingredients For baking Cake
I’m not compromising, but you can’t go straight into baking if you don’t have the ingredients. Here is an overview of the important ingredients that you would need when trying to bake.
When baking a cake from scratch, don’t forget to choose a quality floor. You could go with your local flower, although, it is not the best for the baking business.
The flour itself is supposed to contain its most important ingredient, a protein which forms gluten when mixed or kneaded. Gluten gives the cake their chewy, rustic, texture. It is also an important component of cake that makes it tough and dry.
Bob’s Red Unbleached Organic All-purpose flour takes the place of the best flour in the world. However, you could find it difficult to get this type of flour in your local area. However, it is best that you opt for your local floor.
Also, other important ingredients for baking are; eggs, fat, usually butter, sugar, salt, and milk. Any kind of milk is accepted, but you should go with liquid milk, and as well as the leavening agents.
Leavening agents help in causing expansions of dough and batters by the release of gases during baking. Such agents include baking soda, baking powder, air, steam, yeast e.t.c However, the best leavening agent is baking soda so you should go with this one. After getting yourself prepared to make the best cake let’s jump right in.
Stepwise guide on how to bake Cake
I guarantee, if you follow carefully the guidelines listed below, you should be one of the best in the business by the end of the day.
Step #1: sterilize all baking equipment
First start off by washing your baking equipment thoroughly in running water to clean the specks of dirt. It is advisable to put each of them in hot oil, to guarantee they are all bacteria-free. Steam can also be used to sterilize your baking materials.
Step #2: Proceed to the first mixture
Baking a cake would need a thorough mixture. Firstly mix chocolate with other ingredients, and mix thoroughly.
Step #3: cream butter and sugar
This technique is always baffling but you will enjoy it. Cream carefully the butter and sugar and then mix thoroughly
Step #4: Add the eggs
After mixing all the eggs, you will probably proceed with adding the eggs to the already creamed butter and sugar.
Step #5: add the chocolate
The Prepared chocolate in the first mixture will now be added to your product. The next thing to do is to mix thoroughly to obtain a single mixture.
Step #6: Add all other ingredients
After obtaining your products from step five proceed to add all other ingredients that were mentioned earlier in this article. Lastly, the cake is baked and cool. Moreover, the product to be baked is placed in an oven basically. But you can also place it in hot ashes or on hot stones. Most importantly, after baking, allow the cake to cool on a cooling rack for some time. The best time frame for this is usually an hour or two. Then, the next step would be to flip the cake out onto a piece of plastic wrap.
Kindly wrap the cake, carefully and store it inside the fridge overnight. In the morning, you have perfectly baked a cake with a texture that dreams are made of.
Moreover, if the cake has a deadline and it can’t wait, try the steps to get the perfect cake.
However, the ultimate method of cooling the cake quickly is leaving it wrapped inside a refrigerator where the ice touches all parts, making your cake a dream come true.
How to Bake Without an Oven at home
For Nigerians that do not have an oven, you can opt for the traditional style for baking pastry. This involves using a pot that is filled with sand. Yes Sand!
If you do not fancy the DIY approach to baking, you can opt for some Gas cookers with ovens.