How to Bake the Perfect Cake – Ask the Perfect Cook!

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At ProCook - http://www.procook.co.uk – sales of bakeware are booming as Britain experiences a baking revival and the nation looks fondly back at the legacy of Delia Smith,

Baking moulds, flour, measuring jugs, mixers, non-stick bakeware…it’s the stuff of the seventies. When Delia Smith first entered the nation’s TV sets and kitchens, she taught the nation to cook the basics – from baking a cake to cooking with new exotic ingredients like garlic. But Delia, and bakeware, is back. The recent TV retrospective on the nation’s most known cook shows how she helped generations learn to get a grip on gravy, chocolate logs and pasta.

Perhaps it was the recession, but the UK has re-embraced all that Delia offered in the seventies and eighties, returning to good old fashioned home cooking. Although it’s never been easier to buy a cake, there’s nothing that matches a home-baked cake for effort and fun. As Delia says herself “Cake and pastry-making are two of life’s great pleasures…” Stirring cake mixture in a big baking bowl, licking the wooden spoon and watching the cake rise in non-stick bakeware trays is the stuff of childhood. Bakeware can be passed on through generations along with secret recipes and baking tips. But if your family hasn’t enjoyed baking cakes for a while, it isn’t too late to invest in some basic bakeware and a bag of flour.

If you’re out of practice or have never even baked a cake before, Delia’s top tips are:

  •     Follow a recipe. Although it’s great to be inventive and intuitive with your ingredients, when it comes to cakes you need to know tin sizes and temperatures. Following a recipe precisely will ensure baking success!
  •     Ovens vary in intensity so you need to get to know your oven a bit to get the baking time just right (fan ovens mean reducing the cooking time by about a third, or reducing the temperature by 10 degrees). One of Delia’s golden rules when it comes to baking a cake is to leave the oven alone. No matter how much you want to know how the cake is rising, the rush of cold air could sink your perfectly rising cake.
  •     When you’re creaming eggs, sugar and butter, add the eggs a teaspoon at a time and use an electric hand whisk to ensure the mixture doesn’t curdle. If it curdles, your cake will be slightly heavier than you want it to be.

About ProCook – ProCook is one of the UK’s leading specialist cookware retailers. Find everything you need to bake the perfect cake, including essential bakeware and baking accessories online. Go to http://www.procook.co.uk/shop/Bakeware/d31

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