This past weekend was one filled with happily ever afters, and by that I mean weddings. I had the privilege of attending one of them and after seeing the cakes (yes, there were multiple cakes!) I was inspired to make more regular sized cakes. Shhh... don't tell my cupcakes.
Before attending the wedding though, I had the opportunity to try my hand at making a cake. You read that right, I had not actually made a regular sized cake prior to this, ever. As a novice baker, I believe that in order to consider myself a proper baker, I need to be able to produce a "cake" cake successfully with relatively little to no stress every time.
Since cakes are pretty much just larger versions of cupcakes, I decided that I would just put the cupcake batter in a 8x3 round pan and bake for double the amount of time. Needless to say, that did not turn out as I expected. As a matter of fact, I eventually ran out of eggs after the third failed attempt. When I finally got my hands on a fresh batch of eggs, I came to my senses and consulted a proper cake recipe. After some digging around, I settled on a basic egg-y vanilla cake from Alice Currah, a food blogger.
With a little more practice, I am quite certain that I will be able to conquer the small nuances and produce decent cakes at least on the second try. I am not being hard on myself, I just think that quality cakes should be a given if one were to grace themselves with the title of "Baker".
What are your tips and tricks when baking a cake? Don't slam the oven door? Don't make any loud noises in the kitchen while the cake bakes? Touch your nose with your right hand while frosting a cupcake with the left?