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10 baking secrets only pastry chefs know

Loaf cakes are probably one of the first cakes that most people learn how to bake. They’re great because they’re the easiest cakes to transport, making them an excellent choice for bake sales, parties and other events.

The batter is simply made of butter (or oil, margarine or a mixture of butter and cream), sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder. It is then baked in a high-rimmed, rectangular mold.

Once you’ve got the basic recipe down, the variations of this cake are unlimited. Fruit cake, chocolate cake, orange cake, green tea cakes…the sky is the limit!

And even though the recipe is extremely simple, there are a few essential secrets that you need to know in order to master it. With our 10 secrets, you’ll learn exactly what the pros know: how to get a luscious, moist loaf cake every time.

10 baking secrets only pastry chefs know

Loaf cakes are probably one of the first cakes that most people learn how to bake. They’re great because they’re the easiest cakes to transport, making them an excellent choice for bake sales, parties and other events.

The batter is simply made of butter (or oil, margarine or a mixture of butter and cream), sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder. It is then baked in a high-rimmed, rectangular mold.

Once you’ve got the basic recipe down, the variations of this cake are unlimited. Fruit cake, chocolate cake, orange cake, green tea cakes…the sky is the limit!

And even though the recipe is extremely simple, there are a few essential secrets that you need to know in order to master it. With our 10 secrets, you’ll learn exactly what the pros know: how to get a luscious, moist loaf cake every time.


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Ingredients

  • 2 large water or soda bottles (empty)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Ready 2 large plastic bottles, cleaned and dried.
  3. Add 1 cup of flour to each bottle.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of sugar to each.
  5. Melt butter, then add equal halves to each bottle.
  6. Add 6 eggs, 3 in each.
  7. Add 1/2 tbsp of baking powder to each.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream to each.
  9. Shake the bottles thoroughly until the contents are well mixed.
  10. In one of the bottles only, add the cocoa powder.
  11. Beginning with the cocoa powder mixture, add a dolop of batter to the center of a circular
  12. baking tin. Do the same with the other mixture, placing the dolop directly in the center of the previous one.
  13. Continue with alternating additions of each mixture until all batter is used and the tin is full.
  14. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Serve and enjoy!

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