I have a confession to make...
Baking intimidates me...and by baking I mean baking cakes, breads, sponges.
I have made unsuccessful attempts at baking and all this deters me from trying out the next recipe.
I comfort myself by saying it just takes too much time and too much precision.
But the more I read a delicious recipe or watch everyone in these culinary TV shows bake with such ease and no fuss, I am tempted to try my hand at it. There definitely is so much more room for creativity when it comes to cakes and desserts. But whenever I have tried baking, I need to say a little prayer before I get the cake out of the oven. And if you’ve guessed the prayers do not work.!!
It is almost like a baby taking her first steps, she tries to stand and then suddenly plonks back on her butt. This is exactly how my cakes behave. As long as the cake is sitting inside the oven I can see it beautifully rise and the moment it is out of it, it is deflated.
So I decided I have to take some baking lessons to get rid of my fears and apprehensions. It is definitely not as simple as following a recipe and one has to master the techniques. So I joined Patricia Trinidade’s baking class and in the first class we learnt to bake some basic cakes and cookies. I tried making two of them this weekend and the result were these beautiful, perfectly moist and soft cakes. Am already feeling confident to try out all those recipes from my collection of baking cookbooks.
So here are the pictures of the Madeira and the Mava cakes. I am so proud of myself when I look at these. Quick learner huh...:)
Madeira cake reminds me of my childhood. when every birthday in the family had to be celebrated with a Madeira cake made with raisins. The oven would be lined up with two large cake tins alongwith a dozen cup cakes. The house would be filled with the sweet vaniila aroma.
My grandfather was the chief baker with grandmother as the sous chef. There were no fancy egg beaters. All beating and whisking was done manually with traditional ladles and spoons. It was arduous effort but each one of us would take turns in helping grandma with the beating and mixing. The hot cupcakes fresh out of the oven were our rewards for lending a helping hand.
The baking class has been fun and am looking forward to attend the next one. Pat is a wonderful teacher who is so passionate about baking. Her zest and enthusiasm makes the class so interesting and worth every second.