How to bake a Cake – My tryst with baking

I was laughed at by my family when I declared that I am going to bake a cake with a cake mix I had bought from the supermarket. My Mom’s reaction was “Well, this will go into the kitchen shelf and after a year or so, I would have to throw it out since it is passed its expiration date or I would end up baking it.”

My wife reaction was little neither optimistic or pessimistic as she didn’t have the experience that my Mom had with me. She took a more neutral role. A month passed, I was caught with work and got “busy”. But as Christmas neared, I decided it would be the best time to bake a cake – from scratch.

Now that my root canal (my first ever and hopefully the last!) was done and dusted, I thought to give baking a shot. So here’s what you need to bake a cake. If you are a novice like me, it is best to start with off-the-shelf caking mix. I bought Pilsbury Eggless Cake mix. It is easy and simple to use. The instructions is given in the back of the pack, so just need to follow that.

Here is the final outcome of my first baked cake.

Here is what you need:

  • 100 ml of milk (I used hot boiled for better mixing)
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • Flour and clarified butter (ghee)
  • Cake mix
  • A mixing bowl and a 5 inch round plate
  • A 3 liter pressure cooker


1. First, put the mix in the bowl.
2. Add milk and oil and stir nicely. In the box it says 2 minutes, but I will give it a bit more lengthy stir say up to 6-8 minutes so that the batter is in a nice paste form with no power left.
3. Once it is nicely mixed, put the mixed paste into the 5 inch round platter. I don’t think you need a ’round’ plate per say, it could be square one as well, as long as it fits into the pressure cooker.

4. Make sure you apply clarified butter (ghee) on the plate and add a little bit of flour on the plate. Pour the mix evenly.
5. Put the plate into the pressure cooker filled with water up to a inch or so and make and keep it on top of a medium flame.

6. Do not put the weight on top of the cooker and let it bake for 30 minutes.
7. After 30 minutes, open the lid and bake the cake for another 5-6 minutes.
8. Once it is done, before you switch off, take a butter knife and insert into it. If it goes and comes out without any cake sticking to it, then it is done.
9. Switch off and let it cool for an hour.

Once it is done, delicious cake is ready to slice and dice. This comes for a serving for 4-5 people.

So how was it? Well, my Mom felt it was a little bit more hard to chew. I am guessing the reason for the slight hardness is that I also didn’t mix it thoroughly. I will recommend anyone trying to mix paste for at least 6-8 minutes.

Overall, a score of 7/10 – it wasn’t bad for a novice baker like me. So if you tried this out, let me know how it came out. Share your stories with me.

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