The best cake recipe for beginners* may be this (also great for everyone!)

I love this recipe, and if you are new to baking, this may be the recipe you want: Let This One-Bowl Poundcake Soothe You – by Melissa Clark, The New York Times

I say this for a few reasons:

  1. It’s easy to make. For beginners, that’s essential.
  2. You mix it all in one bowl, which isn’t essential, but makes you more likely to make it again. (As opposed to recipes with lots of things to clean later.)
  3. It is very flexible with ingredients. The makes it easy to make. Plus! It means you have an option to experiment with different ingredients.
  4. It gets you to stock your baking pantry. Now you have flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Your baking career can now take off! 🙂

Some other thoughts:

  • I had no vanilla extract, but I had some orange extract. I combined that with orange zest. I also had no nutmeg, but I had saigon cinnamon, so I used that! Orange and cinnamon is a good combo too. Experiment with other extracts too or even orange flavoured liqueurs.
  • Put the pan in the lower part of the oven. As it gets close to the 45 minutes, stick a toothpick or a clean knife in the cake. You want it to come out with no batter on it.  Once that happens, you are read to remove it.
  • If your oven is small and the top is browning but the cake is still not fully baked, put some aluminum foil over the top to prevent it from getting too dark.
  • If you want to jazz it up, you can mix some chocolate chips in it. Or you can add an orange glaze if you use orange flavours or you can use the lemon glaze here if you use more lemon flavours.

Congrats! You are now a baker!


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