My sister , the baker in the family used to make very simple yet delightfull cakes. Suddenly she lost the inspiration to do any more baking and thus my annual quota of cakes from her also stopped.
I had always wanted to bake cakes but somehow i had an impression that its a herculean task. I saw Deeba's site and was overwhelmed!
Then one of my collegues at office i discovered was equally gungho about baking and shared with me a very simple recipe and thus i started baking.
1 Cup all purpose flour/Maida
1 Cup ground Sugar
1 Cup unsalted cooking Butter (in liquid form)
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1 Tbsp of Sugar (for caramelizing)
1 tsp Baking powder
25 - 50 gms Raisins
- Sieve the flour along with the baking powder 2-3 times.
- In a deep bowl break the 3 eggs and beat it till fluffy. It will rise to 2-3 times its initial quantity.
- Add the Butter and beat again.
- Add the sugar and mix again.
- Add the flour 2 Spoonfuls at a time and mix well.
- At the end add the essence.
- Now take a work and heat it at full flame. Add the 1 Tbsp of sugar and let it melt and attain that very dark brown colour. Once done reduce the flame and add 1/4 cup of water to it slowly and mix well.
- Add the above caramelized sugar to the cake. Make sure that you don't add any solid pieces that might have formed on adding water.
- Mix well.
- Coat the raisins with some flour and add them as well to the cake mix. This will prevent them from sinking to teh bottom.
- Pour the cake mix into a baking container lined with butter paper and bake at 180ºC for 30-40 mins or until the knife comes out clean
Few things to take care of:
- If you have a electric hand mixer use that. you will be able to work up the cake more and it will turn out better.
- Take care while caramelizing sugar. It should not turn black lest it will introduce a bitter taste into the cake. Also do not add too much of it to the cake mix. Add and mix to test the colour.