“A near 100% successful bake for a beginner baker”

I baked a cake this evening! This was my 3rd time baking a cake. Chocolate cakes I have made for the first two times, first was typically full recipe while second baking was using cake mix. Of course, second one was more successful as it was the easiest and simplest way for a beginner baker to bake a cake without much failure (chuckling). It’s typically a 3-step baking method: Mix, beat and bake.

In order to save time, I used cake mix again, and chose “yellow” flavor this time. “Yellow”, I guess it should be original flavor… No indication of butter or vanilla used. Just called it “Yellow” on the box. It contains wheat and milk, and tastes like butter plus vanilla flavour. I supposed to get a chocolate frosting, too. However, I have forgone it as I wish to taste its original flavour as first time trial.

The cake mix used was from Betty Crocker brand, costs $3.65 per pack. My baking turned out pretty successfully, despite much lesser water was used (only 2 tablespoon of water). It was a little crispy on the surface (a cake crack shown might due to dryness or I shall shorten the baking time a little :p), but pretty tender and soft inside though. (Frankly, my cake was much denser where it supposed to be super moist, if original measurement of water [½ cup] added.) Its taste was pleasant with extra aroma.

Ingredients
Cake Mix – 255 gram (9.07 oz)
½ cup of water
3 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 medium eggs

Utensil:
1 round dark nonstick baking pan (8” or 9”)
Electric mixer

Method
1) Heat oven to 325°F (160°C) for dark or nonstick pan.

2) Grease bottom and sides of baking pans (8” or 9” round pan)

3) Beat cake mix, water, oil and eggs in large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into baking pan.

4) Bake for 30 – 35 min for dark and nonstick pan, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

5) Cool for 10 min before removing from pan.

A slice of the cake counts about 100kcal. Just 40 min including baking time, with half a packet of cake mix for 9″ round cake, I had this delicious Yellow cake served.

Tips: Higher heat of 350°F (180°C) if using shiny metal or glass pan. Bake for 25 – 27 min.