There are so many great occasions for making a cake. What is wonderful is that all sorts of cakes — from cakes for every day to cakes for special occasions — can be made from the comfort of your own kitchen at home.
There are also so many recipes available today that suit different tastes and diet concerns.
If you are going to bake your cakes at home, it is good to have a variety of pans of different shapes and sizes. Round pans that have a standard depth of 2 inches are ideal for making layer cakes (cakes with more than one “cake” or layer that usually have frosting in between the layers). For cheesecakes, a springform pan works well and comes with a removable base and has a ring that secures the cake while baking and releases it after it is done. Tube pans or Bundt pans work well for cakes with a hole in the middle. Some other pans that you may use for other kinds of cakes are square pans, jelly-roll pans, loaf pans, and sheet pans.
Then of course it is also good to have a variety of measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, and mixers such as an electric mixer, food processor, blender, and whisk.
So let’s get to the exciting part — delicious cakes you can bake easily at home! If you are a lover of chocolate, there are so many types of good chocolate cakes: classic devil’s food cakes, chocolate cheesecakes, chocolate-buttermilk cakes, and cakes with chocolate chips, to name just a few. A delicious kind of cake that includes chocolate chips is the chocolate chip sour cream cake. The sweet flavor of the chocolate and the subtle flavor of the sour cream go together perfectly. There are several recipes that can be found online or in books for this cake, but the basic ingredients you will need are unsweetened chocolate, vanilla extract, sugar, sour cream, flour, baking soda, baking powder, egg whites, and chocolate chips.
If you want to bake a gluten-free cake, many of the recipes are actually similar to baking a regular cake except you use gluten-free flour or a gluten-free flour blend. Rice flour seems to work the best to replace the taste of a classic white flour. Gluten-free gingerbread cake is one of my favorites. There are already many recipes available online and in books for gluten free cakes too.