Bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, bake sales, and picnics — with so many special occasions worthy of a show-stopping dessert centerpiece, there really is no better time than spring to bake a cake. Whether you’re looking for a velvety butter cake that’s stacked, filled, and frosted with fluffy buttercream; a dense chocolatey torte drizzled with salted caramel; or a rustic skillet cake studded with fresh fruit and garnished with little more than a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a dollop of freshly whipped cream, there’s sure to be a recipe that’s perfect for your special occasion.cake, regardless of the recipe that you choose, is to make sure that you don’t overmix your batter. Combining a handful of ingredients in the right order may seem like a simple task, but if you keep mixing your batter after it comes together you’ll develop too much gluten and end up with a cake that is too tough. For a perfectly tender cake, mix the cake batter just until it’s combined, unless otherwise specified by your recipe.
Once you’ve mixed your batter, pour it into your prepared pan. Lots of recipes instruct you to butter and flour the pan before pouring in the batter. You should spread a generous layer of butter onto the bottom and sides of your cake pan using your hand or a pastry brush — paying special attention to any creases or corners — and then pour a few tablespoons of flour into the bottom of the buttered pan. Shake and tip the pan until the bottom and sides are fully coated with flour, and then invert the pan and tap out any excess flour. Be careful that you don’t touch the inside of the pan while you’re doing this; the cake batter can stick in the fingerprints you’ll leave behind.
Bake your cake as instructed by your recipe — generally until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean — and then let it cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before removing it from the pan and letting it cool completely. Then, have fun filling, frosting, and decorating your perfectly baked cake!
Looking for a few recipes for inspiration? Here are 20 that we love.
Banana Cream Cake
This simple cake is moist and delicious thanks to mashed bananas and sour cream. Top the cake with sweet, rich cream cheese frosting and toasted pecans for a delicious treat.
Blueberry-Poppy Seed Brunch Cake
Lemon and blueberry are a delicious duo; try them here in an easy poppy seed cake topped with a quick confectioners sugar glaze.