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Baking is a splendid way to spend a calm but fun afternoon at home. If you have kids, these baking recipes are a terrific way to bring your little helpers into the kitchen. Allow the children to lick the spatula while mixing the batter or decorate a batch with colourful sprinkles and icing.
Although the procedure will be untidy, the result will be fantastic. Do not halt yourself in baking and try these simple and quick baking recipes that leave no room for mistakes! If you don’t have an oven or are trying to reduce your energy bills, you can even try this recipe for a sponge pudding that you can make in the microwave!
Berry Cream Cheesecake
A cheesecake is generally a more involved baking effort. Yet, this simple cake recipe features tangy, luscious cream cheese everywhere. This cheesecake recipe works nicely with berries of your choices to give it a boost of flavour.
150 g of dark brown sugar
165g of sour cream
113 cup of melted unsalted butter
One teaspoon vanilla essence
¾ teaspoon of kosher salt
190g of flour (all-purpose)
1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
70g of chilled cream cheese
160g fresh mixed berries
One tablespoon of natural brown sugar
- Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius and place a rack in the centre. For the best experience, try getting an ELBA oven that goes up to 6 heat settings for your ultimate convenience. Then, coat a square baking tray with a non-stick spray. Alternatively, you can even use butter to coat the spray in case you are out of the non-stick spray. Line the tray with a piece of parchment paper that drapes over the sides.
- Mix the eggs and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl for about a minute, or until it turns light and frothy. Then add the vanilla, butter, sour cream, and salt to the same mixing bowl. Whisk everything until the mixture is smooth and blended.
- After everything has been whisked, add the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk until the mixture is well combined. Break the cream cheese into small pieces and sprinkle them all over the batter. Add in the berries and mix them all.
- Spread the batter into the baking tray prepared beforehand and gently tap the baking tray on the countertop to remove any trapped air bubbles. Smoothen the surface with an angled spatula and sprinkle the natural brown sugar and the remaining berries over the top.
- Place the cake in the oven and bake for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until it is puffed and golden. Keep in mind to insert a tester or a toothpick in the centre to make sure it is completely cooked.
- Allow the cake to rest for 15 minutes, then pull the cheesecake out of the tray using the parchment paper. Place it on a cooling rack to cool entirely before serving.
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Quick Victoria Sponge
One of the recipes you must have in your collection is a traditional, easy Victoria sponge, which can be made within an hour. This classic sponge cake employs an all-in-one recipe, making it a quick, uncomplicated, and ideal party dessert.
For the cake
175g of softened unsalted butter
175g of golden caster sugar
175g of sifted self-rising flour
One teaspoon of baking powder
One teaspoon of vanilla essence
1-2 tablespoons of milk
For the filling
Four tablespoons of strawberry jam
142ml of whipped double cream
Icing sugar to dust
- Preheat the electric oven to 180 degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes. Use a non-stick spray or butter to coat two round baking trays.
- Combine all the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk it well. Add a few tablespoons of milk if the mixture is too firm.
- Evenly distribute the mixture amongst the trays. Then bake the cakes for 20-25 minutes, until both sponges had risen, shrunken from the tray’s edge, and bounced back when softly pressed.
- Allow the cakes to cool for about 5 minutes before taking them out onto a cooling rack and peeling away the paper. Let it cool completely before filling.
- Cover one of the sponge’s bases with the jam. Then, spread the whipped double cream on top of the jam and sandwich it with the other sponge on the top. Dust the cake with icing sugar.
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Do you have a last-minute birthday cake to make? This chocolate fudge cake recipe is simple and quick to prepare, making it ideal for a simple yet indulgent dessert for a special event. Don’t worry about how many % of chocolate this chocolate cake needs, as regular dark chocolate will suffice.
For the cake
150g of self-rising flour
30g of cocoa
One teaspoon of baking powder
175g of muscovado sugar
175g of softened butter
Three large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
50g of melted dark chocolate
For the icing
200g of softened butter
200g of icing sugar
200g of melted dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 180°C for about 10 minutes. Then use a non-stick spray or butter to coat 2 round trays and put them aside.
- Add all the cake ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. If the mixture appears quite stiff, add around 1-2 tablespoons of water, and whisk again.
- Divide the batter between the round tray, flatten the top of the batter and bake for 20 minutes. Allow the cakes to cool down on a rack for about 5 minutes.
- Whisk the butter and icing sugar well, then add the melted chocolate and whisk once more. Spread the icing on top of one of the cakes, then sandwich it with the other. Cover the cake with the remaining icing and let it sit.