How To Bake A Cake
Step-by-Step Instructions for Beginners
Baking a cake is a huge topic: You can bake a pound cake, a sponge cake, made of vanilla, chocolate, coconut, almost all kinds of fruits, etc. Cakes can even be bite-size, like cute little cupcakes delicately and beautifully decorated with yummy frosting and sprinkles. Yes, indeed, ideas for baking a cake is endless.
But we are guessing that if you are the one asking about how to bake a cake, then you may probably be just starting out as a baker and you have never, ever made a cake from scratch all by yourself, right? Thus, if this is your first time at making a cake, you will want a simple and easy cake to start with.
Now, some bakers may probably recommend making a pound cake, which is one of the most basic and common cakes around. A pound cake is indeed a simple cake – consisting of just a pound each of butter, flour and sugar (thus the name of “pound” cake). However, you will be surprised at how easy it will be to get the pound cake wrong, primarily because of the creaming technique required to properly mix the flour, sugar and butter – get it a bit off and you may end up with a super dense cake!
Thus, for your first time, let us suggest a much easier cake, the orange sponge cake, which is also known as the Schiacciata alla Fiorentina (Florentine sponge cake). This is cake has a substantial crumb (not too light) giving off a lovely citrus note due to the use of orange juice and orange zest in the recipe and is popular around carnival time in Florence, Italy.
With this simple cake, it is a good practice to get your tools, equipment and ingredients ready before you start any mixing or cooking: see the Equipment Required listed in the Recipes Notes below as well as the list of Ingredients you will need to make this easy sponge cake.