I have tried making cupcakes, no good. I have been using the enhanced cake recipe
and everyone seems to like it. but i would love to master baking from scratch.
help?! please. thank you!
You have been given great advice so far. Find a simple pound cake recipe and buy all fresh ingredients. Make sure to have a sifter handy and make a well in center to combine the wet ingredients. Most of all relax and enjoy yourself. My mom passed the art of baking from scratch onto me and I'm truly greatful.
one book i really liked when i was learning to bake from scratch was All Cakes Considered, mostly for the detailed 6-page instructions on 'HOW' to mix a pound cake. Really following the directions for each step really makes a huge, huge, huge difference. Overbeating the flour in at the end of a traditional butter cake can totally ruin the whole batch. I also usually only use recipes that are by weight. It makes a huge difference in consistency of product time after time. Scratch cakes are temperamental and you have to try quite a few to find one that you can work well with. Chocolate cakes are easier than Vanilla cakes. So maybe get some confidence with a chocolate, then move on to a good vanilla butter cake. I still have trouble with an all white cake, so now I just don't offer it. I'd say i took about a year to feel really confident to ditch the WASC box cake and go all-scratch. Stick with it. If it is something you want to do, it is a rewarding accomplishment.