Types of Cakes
Butter Cakes include pound cakes and the yellow, white, spice, and chocolate cakes used
in everything from towering wedding cakes to traditional layered birthday cakes. These cakes use butter, shortening, or oil for moistness and richness and are leavened with baking powder and/or baking soda.
TIP: Before mixing the cake batter, soften the butter so that it mixes easily with the sugar.
This is a beautiful example
of a butter cake.
Angel food cake is the most popular
variety of sponge cake.
Eggs separate more easily when cold, but egg whites reach their fullest volume if allowed to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before beating. Plan ahead!
The baking pan you select can affect a cake recipe. Learn more about baking pans in the next section.
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- Cake Recipes: Find basic cake recipes as well as ideas for types of cakes you may have never even heard of, all on our Cake Recipes page.
- Cake Decorating: Whether you just want to add "Happy Birthday" in piped icing or are ready to attempt a field of frosting flowers, this article will provide the cake decorating tips you need.
- Cooking: Learn the ins and outs of some basic cooking techniques in this helpful article.