Thula's Cake Lab

CAKE BAKING 101: (Part 1) Know your Ingredients




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Have you in the recent past considered making a cake for a loved one and wondered how to get started? Baked goods especially cakes have been a big hype for years! I have received many requests for guidelines to a beginner… So keeping that in mind I have tailored this article for you newbies to help give you a soft start and cover the most basic things you need to know in cake baking. I hope this will direct you rightly. Feel free to comment, post questions and I am here to help !

What is baking ?

Baking is to cook food using indirect heat by conduction or convection in a closed environment such as the oven. Preparation may seem a little intimidating at first but if my protocols are directly followed and ingredients precisely measured you can experience some of the most delicious desserts ever. What good is your cake when it looks presentable but is tasteless! You cannot master the art of cake decorating until you master the art of baking.

So let’s get started…

So what do you call a perfect cake?

1. Cake that is evenly baked with little or no doming.

2. Cake with no cracks or big tunnels.

3. Cake that is tender and moist.

To me, a cake with the above three characteristics is a perfect cake…and to achieve this perfect cake with basic, easily available ingredients has been my goal.

CAKE COMPOSITION

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Cake is composed of a mixture of dry and wet ingredients. In my years of baking, I have tried, experimented and found the perfect balance between dry and wet ingredients as well as altered baking temperatures that have helped me achieve my perfect cakes… and now it is at your disposal to learn and benefit !

 

Next: Dry Ingredients




  1. Suchi
    June 9, 2016

    Wonderful piece of info regarding basics in cake mmaking …lot of literature n research πŸ™‚

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 9, 2016

      Thank you Suchi !

    • Amruta
      June 12, 2016

      Thank you.. very nicely explained! Looking forward for more..

      • Thulashitha RD
        June 14, 2016

        Anytime Amruta ! stay tuned πŸ™‚

    • Pratibha
      June 20, 2016

      Quite informative and enlightening blog, I have been baking from sometime now, but only now understanding the science behind it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, will look forward to your next blog.

      • Thulashitha RD
        June 21, 2016

        Thank you Pratibha ! enjoy your new learning experience πŸ™‚

  2. Gaya kumar
    June 9, 2016

    Your blog is so helpful. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.. wishing you a very good luck… be a explorer in baking.

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 9, 2016

      Thank you Gaya! I have a lot more coming up. stay tuned !

  3. Mayoore
    June 9, 2016

    Solid advise. Can’t wait to try out your recipes.

    What brand of Milk Powder would you recommend?

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 9, 2016

      Thank you Mayoore !
      I like to use the Sri lankan “Anchor” milk powder.
      In the US I use Instant Nonfat Dry milk powder (Target market pantry). It is a little granulated so pulse a few seconds before use.

  4. Sarah
    June 9, 2016

    Oh my! This is like a full length chemistry class! Way to go Thula!!!

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 10, 2016

      Cake chemistry made easy πŸ™‚ thank you Sarah !

  5. Christina
    June 10, 2016

    A well written article for cake baking beginners!
    Thank you for sharing Thula
    Loved the attention to detail !

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 10, 2016

      Thank you Christina ! means a lot , please stay tuned πŸ™‚

  6. Bharu Prem
    June 10, 2016

    Awesome work Thula….the expertise, passion and dedication clearly reflects in your posts!!!!
    Impatiently waiting for the recipes πŸ™‚ All the very best!! <3

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 10, 2016

      Thank you Bharu ! thanks for your patience, recipes coming up soon

  7. Roshni
    June 10, 2016

    Hey thuls!!! Brilliant is not the word…its more of a reserach thesis in baking than just a blog.so much of derails.. woow!!! Cant wait to see your recipes. Good luck girl!!

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 10, 2016

      Thank you Roshni! it did feel like a thesis presentation, there are three more parts to this- all coming up .. stay tuned !

  8. thilanka
    June 11, 2016

    Wow! Been baking for years but didn’t realise there’s so much behind it. Thanks Thula for the insights. Very informative and can’t wait for the recipes. All the best hun. Awesome work so far.

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 11, 2016

      Thank you Thilanka !

  9. Ahalya Bala
    June 11, 2016

    Super work Thula, amazing job. Can’t wait to read all your future posts in this super awesome blog.

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 11, 2016

      Thank you Ahalya !

  10. Uma Kalyani
    June 11, 2016

    I do make cake at home for my family but with out knowing the science behind it… wanted to join classes but with work n super active kid at home it was not possible.i super excited seeing details I wanted to know in ur blog….thank u and looking forward for more…

  11. Carol
    June 11, 2016

    Although I am a home Baker, found this very helpful and informative. Looking forward to more. All the best.

  12. Megha
    June 11, 2016

    So beautiful!!!! Want to read ur complete series…i’m novice at baking so eager to learn it from scratch!

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Great, I am tailoring articles -recipes and tutorials for enthusiasts like you Megha.. your feedback is much appreciated. Enjoy your new learning experience πŸ™‚

  13. Asha
    June 11, 2016

    Excellent cake chemistry session. Thanks a lot!

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      you are most welcome ! thanks for your feedback Asha !

  14. Savitha
    June 11, 2016

    Very clear explanation for a baking beginner. Keep up the good work. Waiting for complete book

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Thank you Savitha ! πŸ™‚

  15. Suchitra
    June 11, 2016

    Wow never ever have I read such clear attention to detail description of baking. I am waiting for further piece of wisdom. great work!

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      thank you Suchitra… your encouragement means a lot.. i am working around the clock so you can enjoy reading and learning !

  16. Suchitra
    June 11, 2016

    Very helpful and informative

  17. Jayanthi Sridhar
    June 12, 2016

    Awesome…….
    Thank you for the detailed write-up. Can’t wait for the next session…..

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      coming up soon.. thanks Jayanthi !

  18. Sonali
    June 12, 2016

    Lovely read. Simply worded and immensely informative. Looking forward to next 3 parts. Thanks.

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Thanks Sonali… your encouragement means a lot. stay tuned !

  19. Shalini
    June 12, 2016

    Brilliant, eagerly waiting for the other parts.

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Thank you Shalini ! coming up soon..

  20. Debani
    June 12, 2016

    Very informative.Great going

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Thank you Debani !

  21. Garvita
    June 12, 2016

    Dear Thula, it’s been sometime that i came across such honest and Charming baking education write up. Your story and passion is truly an inspiration. Hoping to learn a lot via this blog of yours and wish you a fantastic luck with life sciences explorations again.it was a pleasure reading this piece.

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Garvita, thank you for your feedback… I promise it is going to be an exciting learning experience. stay tuned and thanks in advance for your continued support πŸ™‚

  22. sunita ailani
    June 12, 2016

    Thanks for sharing information

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Anytime Sunita !

  23. neeraja
    June 12, 2016

    awesome details about the ingredients

  24. Megha
    June 12, 2016

    Wow so descriptive and informative! liked your research behind every ingredient in cake baking. would love to see your upcoming recipes.. πŸ™‚

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Thanks for your interest Megha.. stay tuned for updates πŸ™‚

  25. Tanushree
    June 12, 2016

    Wow… waiting for the complete series..
    I’m a beginner and I guess I landed on the right page…
    Baking made easy…Thanks for sharing.

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Yay! yes you landed on the right page… stay tuned and enjoy learning Tanushree:)

  26. Usha Thiagarajan
    June 13, 2016

    Very informative and well explained.

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Thanks Usha.. glad you enjoyed reading !

  27. bitra
    June 13, 2016

    Hi. I’m a beginner in baking. Thanks for this useful information. Waiting for the next sessions.

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Anytime Bitra.. thanks for your feedback !

  28. Ash
    June 13, 2016

    Great info!! Thanks for sharing..

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Anytime Ashwini !

  29. Chira
    June 13, 2016

    Well-done thula.. can’t wait to see the frosting methods…😘😘

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 14, 2016

      Thank you Chira !details on frostings with 7 varieties coming up soon. stay tuned

  30. Jaya
    June 15, 2016

    Awesome write up! Bookmarked it for future references ! I always look for eggless options while baking and currently I do not have any of the 3 ingredients u mentioned above, can I use cornstarch? Please suggest. Planning to make a eggless cream-cheese tonight!

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 21, 2016

      Hi Jaya, Thanks for your interest in learning ! yes you can !! try 1 TB of corn starch + 3 TB of water in place of one egg. eggs are used for- binding (primary) and moistening (secondary). Corn starch does the former… but might dry out the cake a little… so add an extra 2-3 TB of oil to balance it out. hope this information helps.. enjoy baking!

  31. Aish
    June 16, 2016

    Wow. Thank you very much

    • Thulashitha RD
      June 17, 2016

      Anytime Aish !

    • Kamini
      July 9, 2016

      Very informative and encouraging for beginners. Your article is very simple and yet has captured the details which goes in baking.. I am sure you would share eggless recipes as well.. I look forward to read them..

      • Thulashitha RD
        July 14, 2016

        Thanks Kamini, my lab hopes to bring you the best tested and tried recipes. Stay tuned and thanks for the support!

  32. megh
    July 12, 2016

    Thank you so much for sharing you knowledge I was looking for such an all one stop info blog for long time. thanks for taking time out your busy life to do this.

    • Thulashitha RD
      July 14, 2016

      Anytime Meghna ! glad you found the information useful… It is going to be a different learning experience. stay tuned !

  33. Sharmii
    July 13, 2016

    The art of cake making from a new perspective. Gr8 blog with attention to details and graphical representation. Kudos Thula!

    • Thulashitha RD
      July 14, 2016

      Thank you Sahrmii ! appreciate your feedback πŸ™‚

  34. Neha Bajaj
    July 20, 2016

    Wow! Wow! Wow! It’s like both my things came together. Science and baking. Lately I hv been reading so many blogs, trying so many baking recipes bt I always wished if sumbdy could make me understand the science behind. Internet is flooded with recipes BT ds kinda write up….!! Oh my…soo …delighted. loads of wishes n gud luck.. luking forward

    • Thulashitha RD
      July 20, 2016

      Neha , that’s very kind of you to say. I am glad you found my page…. I promise this will be a new learning experience! Thank you and travel with me in this new exciting journey πŸ™‚

  35. Sarika
    July 26, 2016

    This is awesome Thula…So much to learn….

    • Thulashitha RD
      July 26, 2016

      Thank you Sarika ! glad you are enjoying the article πŸ™‚

  36. Shilpa Reddy
    July 26, 2016

    Awesome blog!!! Thanks a ton for sharing your knowledge with us beginners who do not know where to start. Admire you even more for balancing kids, work n also following your passion!!!

    • Thulashitha RD
      July 27, 2016

      Anytime Shilpa πŸ™‚ when you find passion in something it is hard to let go:) thanks for your feedback, stay tuned !

  37. Merrilyn
    July 27, 2016

    Wonderful piece of information.Thank you so much,you are far too kind πŸ™‚

    • Thulashitha RD
      July 27, 2016

      Anytime, thanks for your feedback Merrilyn ! πŸ™‚

  38. Shridevi Pramod
    August 15, 2016

    Very neatly explained….Just cant wait to go through every tip and tricks that ou have got from your experience.Thanks a ton!

  39. Kriti Sanon
    December 4, 2016

    You ought to get involved in a contest personally with the finest blogs on-line. I will recommend this page!

    • Thulashitha RD
      December 20, 2016

      That’s very kind of you to say Kriti! thanks much πŸ™‚