Baking a delicious cake in your own oven can seem like a challenge if you haven't done it before, but you will find that it is easy to learn with a little practice. To make the perfect cake, you'll need to understand basic recipe steps and how to control your oven's temperature. The temperature in your oven chamber effects the cake's texture and appearance, so it's important to pay close attention to recommended temperature settings in your recipe for best results.
Things You'll Need
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Glass or stainless steel mixing bowl
- Wooden mixing spoon
- 3 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- Electric beater
- 13-by-9 inch cake pan
- Rubber spatula
- Parchment paper (optional)
Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit to preheat. Blend the oil, eggs and sugar well in a large glass or metal mixing bowl. Add 2 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract. Stir the mixture until it is smooth and evenly blended.
Add flour to the mix gradually. When the mixture becomes too thick to stir, pour some of the milk into the mix. Add and blend the flour and milk until the batter is smooth. Beat the cake batter with an electric hand beater for about five minutes. If you don't have an electric beater, beat the cake by hand using a wooden spoon for a total of 100 strokes.
Oil the bottom and sides of the cake pan. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the cake pan and lay it in the bottom of the pan. Pour the cake batter into the pan using a spatula.
Place the cake in the oven and set the stove timer for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and set the timer for another 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, test the cake by inserting a wooden toothpick into the center of the cake, then removing it quickly. The cake is done if the toothpick comes out clean. If wet batter clings to the toothpick, bake the cake for another 10 to 15 minutes at the same temperature.
Tips & Warnings
- You can add 1 or 2 tsp. of any other type of flavor extract depending on your personal preference.
- Parchment paper keeps the cake from sticking to the bottom of the pan. If you don't have parchment paper, oil the pan well to prevent sticking.
- Encyclopedia.com: Baking
- "Joy of Cooking"; Irma von Starkloff Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker; 1997
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