Sunday, 23 February 2014

Cake Baking For Dumbies

As most of my friends will tell you, I'm not a culinary genius by any means and can only just manage to make myself some supernoodles. However, I had bit of a craving to bake a huge chocolately, calorific extravaganza earlier so decided to take a trip to Sainsbury's and grab a cake mix. (I know I'm a cheat, but it tasted lovely and I don't care).

You'll need
Cake Mix of your choice
Icing of your choice
6 tsbp vegetable oil
250ml water
3 free range eggs
Tin foil
Two cake tins
Cooling rack
Palette knife
Electric Whisk (preferable)

So, firstly you need to get your hands on some sort of cake mix. There are sooo many to choose from but I decided to put my trust into good old Betty Crocker. For the first section you'll also need your vegetable oil, eggs and water. 

Give it a good mix until the mixture is smooth and creamy. I used my electric whisk for this section as I find it's a LOT quicker but you can also use a wooden spoon - entirely up to you!

Next, you'll need to grease your cake tins by taking a little bit of butter onto some tin foil until they look something like this... 

And pour your lovely, well mixed cake mix into your lovely, well-greased cake tins.

Pop them in the oven at 180 degrees (160 degrees for fan assisted ovens)/Gas Mark 4 for 23-28 mins.

Then OBVIOUSLY help yourself to the left-over cake mix! (Everyone's favourite part)

Once your cakes are cooked - you can test thing by inserting a knife into the centre of one of the cakes and if the knife comes out clean, they' re ready - take them out of the oven and make sure they feel quite firm and not too bouncy.

Next, take your palette knife (I could only find this rubbish wooden one haha) and spread your icing over the top of your first cake so that your two cakes stick together. 

Then pop your second cake on top and repeat making sure you completely cover both cakes. You can then take any form of cutlery and be as creative as you like! 

Then just to finish, pop on anything you can find in your cupboards. 

As you can see, my attempt soon began to disappear! 

If you're like me and are majorly lacking skills in the kitchen, then this is such a quick and easy way to make everyone else think you're the next Delia Smith - just make sure you bin that cake mix box ;)