Easy recipe for delicious cake batter - with step-by-step instructions and tips for fluffy, moist cake batter.
Hello there! Today's recipe is another classic one: Cake batter, an absolute must-have in your baking repertoire. With our tips, baking perfect cakes is no problem anymore!
Taste and Occasion
Whether for fruit cakes, cupcakes or other recipes: Cake batter is the perfect batter for baking beginners and one of the most essential types of dough at all. Why? Because cake batter is highly versatile. You can turn a simple recipe into delicious marble cake, lemon cake, cupcakes and more in no time at all.
Overall, the batter is the foundation for many of the most popular cakes. There are different alternatives, from cakes with oil to a low-fat cake to moist cake. Below, I explain how to make easy classic cake batter with butter in great detail. Don't be afraid of the long text! You'll only need 10 to 15 minutes before the cake can get into the oven.
One of the essential things in baking, in general, is good preparation. This includes reading the recipe completely and having all the necessary utensils and ingredients ready. In this case, you will need a mixing bowl, a hand mixer or a food processor, a brush and a dough scraper.
How to make the Basic Cake Batter
For the cake batter, all ingredients must be at room temperature. It is best to take the butter or margarine and eggs out of the refrigerator some time before starting. Preheat the oven according to the recipe.
First, brush your baking pan with a little softened butter and then dust it with a little flour to lightly line the entire pan. Depending on the recipe, ground almonds or semolina may also be suitable. Place the pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the batter. This will help the cake to release from the mold later.
Weigh out the softened butter in your mixing bowl. Start mixing at high speed until the butter has a uniform consistency. Then you can gradually add the sugar - keep stirring. The butter-sugar mixture should become "fluffy", creamy and lighter in color.
Then add the eggs one by one. Continue stirring in between until each egg is well combined with the mixture. Then mix the flour with baking powder and stir in slowly in several steps - alternating with milk, cream or juice. Overall, you should not "over-stir".
The batter has the right consistency when you take a bit on a spoon and it falls off the spoon "tearing hard" when you tip it. With the proper ingredient ratio, the cake will be fluffy and moist. Now you can pour the batter into the prepared baking pan - be it a springform, loaf, pan or cupcake tins. Molds should be no more than two-thirds full of dough. Smooth out the batter using a pastry scraper and place the cake in the oven on the middle rack.
Baking time in recipes is always a rough indication of time. Every oven bakes differently. Your cake is most likely done when it looks brown on the surface, but not black 😉 . When nothing is wobbling. And when you poke a long wooden skewer all the way down the center of the cake, take it out again, and there is no moist mixture stuck to the skewer ("stick test"). Allow the cake to cool in the pan before turning it out or using a sharp knife to loosen it from the edge.
Why does cake batter curdle?
When does the cake become soggy or bubbly?
2. You stirred the dough too long. You may stir the fat, sugar and eggs a little more thoroughly; a common rule is that butter and sugar should be "fluffy". As soon as you add the flour, the dough should not be stirred for long and be quickly put into the oven.
3. There is too much liquid in the batter. It is best to add milk gradually until the batter has the right consistency, neither too firm nor too runny. By the way: too much very moist fruit can make cakes greasy.
4. Lack of leavening agent. If there is no or too little leavening agent in the batter, like baking powder or yeast, the cake can also become greasy.
Why does the cake collapse or doesn't become fluffy?
2. You stirred the batter too long. Once you add flour and other ingredients such as baking powder or milk to the batter, you should only stir the ingredients briskly and at low speed, otherwise, the batter will be tough. Of course, the consistency of the batter is also crucial for a fluffy cake. To achieve this, do not add the liquid all at once but gradually. Cake batter should "fall off the spoon with difficulty". That is, if you take a spoonful of batter and tilt it slightly, the batter should not flow down, but it should also not stick to the spoon or "fall" all at once.
3. You opened the oven: Sometimes batter won't rise if you open the oven in between or too soon.
Equipped with these tips, you can now start baking!
The Basic Cake Batter
- 1 pan (9.5 in/ 24 cm)
- 250 grams (1 cup) butter, soft and at room temperature
- 200 grams (1 cups) sugar
- 5 eggs, medium, should also be at room temperature
- 350 grams (2 ⅘ cups) all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 100 milliliters (⅖ cup) milk, coarse
- Brush a medium-sized loaf pan, springform pan or loaf pan (approx. 8.7-9.5 in / 22-24 cm) with a little softened butter and dust with flour. Preheat the oven to 360°F/180°C.
- Using a hand mixer or food processor, beat the softened butter and sugar until creamy. Gradually beat in all the eggs, one at a time. Mix the flour with the baking powder and stir in several steps. Add a little milk in between so that the batter is neither too firm nor too runny - a common rule: it should be difficult to tear off the spoon.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan (it should be about two-thirds full). Bake cake for 50-60 minutes, test with chopsticks, let cake cool and turn out.
- The cake batter is very versatile and can be flavored, for example, with spices (lemon zest, vanilla, cinnamon, etc). For marble cake add additional 30g baking cocoa and a little more milk.
- For a small baking pan, e.g. a loaf pan with a length of 7 in / 18 cm or a bundt pan with a diameter of 7 in / 18 cm, the following quantities are suitable: 175g butter, 140g sugar, 3 eggs, 220g flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 2-3 tbsp. milk.