Baking equipment for an easy cake recipe
Do you religiously watch TV programmes such as The Great British Bake Off, Saturday Kitchen and the recent Nadiya’s British Food Adventure, but cry off actually getting into the kitchen to do some cooking of your own because you simply do not have enough time? Whilst the creative masterpieces that feature on shows such as these may well take hours to produce, the good news is that there are plenty of awesome recipes out there that take almost no time at all to prepare or to cook. With preparation times of just a few minutes and cooking times of around 30 minutes, there are cakes to be baked by even the most time-pressed individuals. Read on to learn some quick and easy ideas for your next kitchen adventure.
Get your baking equipment ready
There is nothing worse than getting all fired up to bake a cake and then finding that your cake tins have seen better days or that you do not have the right size or shape of tin for the recipe you have chosen. A few key pieces of baking equipment, such as cake tins in various sizes, a pastry brush, some cutters and a decent mixing bowl, will set you up for all sorts of baking challenges.
That’s the baking equipment sorted, let’s get on with the baking…
There are plenty of cake recipes that you can pull together in around an hour, including both prep time and cooking. Muffins and cupcakes are great examples, and you can experiment with microwave cakes for a quick result. For today’s post, we have chosen a classic marble cake that will take an hour in total.
230g unsalted butter, softened
230g caster sugar
230g self-raising flour
4 large eggs
4 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp red food colouring or 2 tbsp cocoa (depending on whether you want colourful or chocolate!)
– Heat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin. Place all the ingredients, except the colouring or cocoa, into a bowl and whisk with an electric whisk until the mixture is smooth and fully combined.
– Split the mixture into two bowls. Add the red food colouring or the cocoa to one of the bowls and mix thoroughly. Put alternate spoonfuls from each bowl into the cake tin until all the mixture is used up. Drag a skewer through the mixture to create the swirling, marbled effect.
– Bake the cake for 45 minutes until a skewer pushed into the cake comes out clean. Turn out onto a rack and allow to cool.