I haven’t posted for a while. Not since Ah Bee’s 10th birthday celebration – on which we ordered a custom birthday cake for him. For the past 4 weeks, there seems to be a renewed interest in home baking as a lot of us (myself included) have more free time on our hands. Therefore, I will be sharing my simple cake recipe for baking a birthday cake at home. It is by no means the most delicious chocolate cake but it is worthy a try if you are running short of time and need a simple beginner cake recipe.
I have roped in my little chef for this cake project. He was rather excited donning a chef hat and apron to do the filming for me. But he has some trouble remembering his lines so he got a bit tired towards the end of the video. Nonetheless, he has been all sporty to appear on video and beams from ear to ear everytime he sees himself on screen.
The cake recipe calls for
- 60g cake flour
- 10g cocoa powder
- 80g castor sugar
- 4 medium size eggs
It’s really that simple. Just 4 ingredients.
Step by step instructions:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celsius
Step 2: Sift the cake flour and cocoa powder to get rid of the clumps
Step 3: Beat the castor sugar and eggs on high for 8 minutes to form the batter
Step 4: Fold the cake batter with the flour
Step 5: Pour the mixed batter into an ungreased 8 inch baking tin. You can use a tube or without.
Step 6: Bake at 150 degrees celsius for 40 minutes. And you are done.
If you are more of a visual learner, check out the youtube video by Chef Kandon above.
Invert the cake and allow it to cool completely before removing it from the tin. I use my fingers to gently push down the sides as I unmould without breaking the cake.
For Mindon’s birthday cake, I bake using a tin without a tube (hence the flat top) for easy decorating. I hand-whipped 60g of whipping cream with 1 tsp of castor sugar and a pinch of salt. The rainbow, balloon and Peppa Pig cake toppers are all purchased from taobao. The number 2 candle is from Daiso. You can also increase the cocoa powder to slightly more than 10g if you prefer a darker chocolate cake.
So here you go! A simple cake recipe for every occasion. Doesn’t take much effort but brings back fond memories every time you look at your photos.