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March 15, 2010 | by  | in Opinion |
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Birthday cake

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In celebration of Salient’s birthday, I’m going to share a recipe for a birthday cake. This recipe is quick and easy to make, so it’s ideal if you’re rushed for time (or not much of a baker).


1 cups sugar
1 eggs
1/2 cup yoghurt
3 tablespoons cocoa
3 1/2 ounces / 100 grams melted butter
1 teaspoons vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup instant black coffee

Put everything into a bowl and mix well. Bake in a large dish at about 150oC/300oF for 30 minutes until baked. It may need a little longer, depending on the size of the dish. You’ll know it’s baked when you insert a knife and it comes out clean. Ice or decorate how you like.

Food tips of the week:
I’ve got a short recipe this week, so I’ll share some advice for baking:

Always pre-heat the oven, turning it on before you start mixing ingredients. Be sure it’s reached the correct temperature before you bake anything.

Mix the ingredients until they are nicely blended and without lumps, but don’t over-mix, especially when mixing in the flour. Over-mixing makes baking heavy and dense.

Spread butter or oven spray on the tray to prevent the mixture from sticking to your trays. You could also use wax paper, but this becomes a rather expensive option if you bake a lot.

Let your baking cool down (about 15mins) before you try to remove it from its tray, otherwise it may fall apart on you.

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