Generic Cake Recipe – Slow Cooker Recipe

The festive season is upon us and there is a lot of merriment going around. Much shopping and socializing is being done. Nothing feels better than a gracious welcome from a smiling face and a warm cozy home smelling of fresh bakes. Some people are experts at baking and can whip up the most amazing concoctions from complex recipes and ingredients. But what to do when there is paucity of time and there is just one more gift bag to fill or no time at all (like poor me who has to work on weekends  also this year)? Here is a recipe wherein you need minimum ingredients. You can create a basic cake or you can create a fruit cake by changing by just a couple of ingredients. Amaze your friends and relatives by this simple cake preparation. I have presented an apple cake and then given the variations below.

Preparation Time – 1 hour

Servings – 8

Ingredients for Apple Cake

1 cup refined flour (maida)

1 cup sugar

¾ cup unsalted butter (ghee)

3 eggs

2 tblsp baking powder

½ cup milk

1 tblsp Vanilla essence

1 tblsp yellow food coloring

1 cup apple

Blend eggs, unsalted butter and sugar. Roll in flour and baking powder. Add a little milk till you get pouring consistency. Peel and chop the apples finely. Add the chopped apples, vanilla essence and food coloring to the batter. Grease and dust a baking dish and pour the batter in it. Heat the cooker for 5 mins and then place the dish in it. Bake for 30-40 mins till a knife inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and serve.

 

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Variations

  • You can add peaches, strawberries, bananas or any other fruit you like in the cake. The quantity of fruit should be equal to the quantity of flour.
  • Change the food coloring accordingly. If you are using strawberries, use red food coloring.
  • Change the essence accordingly. When adding pineapple, use pineapple essence. If you are adding oranges, use orange essence. However, essence is used to mask the smell and taste of eggs so in case you do not have any other essence, you can use vanilla itself.
  • In case you do not want to add fruit to the cake, you can double the quantity of flour but make sure the amount of other ingredients are also increased proportionately.
  • If you want to make a chocolate cake, increase the quantity of the other ingredients in a proportionate manner and add 2 tblsp cocoa powder. No need of food coloring is required.
  • You can play with the cake as you wish. One way is to make a plain vanilla batter. Then add red, green and yellow food colors but do not mix them thoroughly. Just roll the batter once or twice to make streaks. The cake will come out in a rainbow pattern.

It is really upto you to unleash your creativity or to make use of the ingredients sitting in your kitchen for a long time. Just use the basic ingredients and viola, your cake is ready to enthrall everyone.

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