Hi McBrownie! nice screen name any chance inspired by McSteamy?
This is really embarrassing! I am new to baking and I just purchased one 8 inch pan to bake a chocolate birthday cake. I used to bake a basic chocolate cake in the microwave before.. I used Nigella Lawson’s Mug Cake recipe by doubling the ingredients. Now, I wish to use this very recipe for baking the birthday since I trust it a lot and that is the only recipe that I have ever baked! My cupcakes too use the same recipe. One set of mug cake consisted of 4 tbsp of flour and 2 tbsp of cocoa powder and one tsp baking powder n one egg n milk. For 12 muffins I multipled the quantity to 12 tbsp of flour and so on..
The thing is that there is this trend of Chocolate-Oil cakes lately which dont appeal to my mom at all..she says “why oil when butter! ” lol
(just a shortened version of a debate!). Other than that since I used salted butter whilst baking (since it is very difficult to attain unsalted butter.. it is available..but it is called Nutrilite..it says that they have the least amount of salt and recommended it for baking…but it scares me to use that butter and then add the tspn of salt given in the recipe. I also worry about the recipes that have bi-carbonated soda.. I once used it in my mug cake recipe and the cake turned out bitter! Since then.. I always steered clear from it..and just increased the proportion of baking soda slightly. And a lot of chocolate cake recipes have coffee in it too. Hence.. couldn’t really find a tested recipe.. which has butter, no coffee, no bi carb soda for an 8 inch tin. All the recipes called for two 8 inch tins. It is really tough to halve the recipes when something of 1/4 is to be halved! I also like the idea of baking two layers (since I have one 8 inch tin..have to do it one after another) but wanted to know how high should I fill the tin.. and how many tbsps.
would love it if you could recommend me a chocolate cake recipe! I dont want the cake to be too big just as big as an 8 inch tin.
Thanks a lot McBrownie for your response!
I agree with you.. I too instinctively felt that I should fill it half way and if it doesn’t rise as much..then i’ll bake another batch and make a layer cake.
This is my first time baking a birthday cake! Im so!! nervous!!
Thanks a lot Charles!