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How to Bake a Cake in 30 Minutes

Here's how to bake a cake in 30 minutes flat. Find ingredients and tool recommendations inside. Cart all your cake baking essentials in a single click.
How to Bake a Cake in 30 Minutes
How to Bake a Cake in 30 Minutes

A teaspoon of sweetness, a sprinkling of smiles and a dollop of joy: that's baking for us. If you're a little intimidated, have a look at this 30-minute recipe for whipping up a chocolate fudge cake in no time. It's as easy to make as it tastes great, and as icing on the cake, we've linked you all the tools and ingredients you'll need so you can get started without having to run to the grocery store. Ahead, in four simple steps: how to bake a cake in 30 minutes. Happy baking!

Ingredients You'll Need

For the Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cups buttermilk (Or add ½ tbsp lemon juice/vinegar to ½ cup milk to make your own buttermilk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

For the Icing

  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 16 ounces of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

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Step 1: Mix 2 cups flour + 2 cups sugar in a large mixing bowl

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Mix 2 cups flour and 2 cups sugar in a large mixing bowl. We recommend using glass bowls, since they are non-reactive and can withstand high temperatures, all while being easy to clean. Here are some options from Borosil – get just one, get 2 or get a set of 3, depending on your kitchen and baking needs. That's step one, all done, of how to bake a cake in 30 minutes.

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Step 2: In a medium saucepan, blend 2 sticks of butter, 1 cup water and 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder on medium heat

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In a medium saucepan like the Hawkins Futura Hard Anodysed Sauce Pan, combine 2 sticks of butter, 1 cup of water and 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder on medium heat. If you aren't stocked on ingredients, you can choose from our recommended Cadbury/Hershey's cocoa powders. Bring your magical mix to a boil, then pour it over the sugar-flour mixture of step 1. Mix, mix and mix some more. Then add 2 eggs, ½ cup buttermilk (or ½ tbsp lemon juice/vinegar + ½ cup milk), 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp vanilla essence. Pour the new mixture into a well-greased baking pan (recommended dimensions: 9x13), and put it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350ºF. Now you can pat yourself on the back and take a short break. That's step 2 of how to bake a cake in 30 minutes.

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Step 3: In a medium saucepan, combine 1 stick butter, 4 tablespoons milk, 4 tablespoons cocoa powder and bring the mixture to a boil

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It's time to whip up the icing which barely takes any time, so you can start 10 minutes before your cake's done. Combine 1 stick butter, 4 tablespoons milk, 4 tablespoons cocoa powder and bring the mixture to a boil in a medium saucepan. Then, remove from heat source and add 16 oz. powdered sugar. Whisk the mix, or use a wooden spoon to stir it well. Step 3 ends with a mixture that's velvety smooth.

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Step 4: You're almost done. Mix 1 tsp vanilla essence + 1 cup chopped pecans

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Mix 1 tsp vanilla essence + 1 cup chopped pecans to the icing, then pour it all over your freshly baked cake. (Below are our recommendations for pecan nuts and vanilla essence.) And that's how you bake a cake in 30 minutes.

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How to Bake a Cake in 30 Minutes

Product Price in India
Borosil Glass Serving & Mixing Bowls with Lids, Oven & Microwave Safe Bowls, Set of 3 (500 ml + 900 ml + 1.3 L), Borosilicate Glass, Clear ₹ 1,355
Cadbury Cocoa Powder Mix, 150 g ₹ 168
Looms & Weaves 100 % Pure & Natural Cocoa Powder From Kerala Unsweetened- 400 Gm ₹ 424
Hawkins Futura Hard Anodised Saucepan with Stainless Steel Lid, Capacity 2.25 Litre, Diameter 18 cm, Thickness 3.25 mm, Black (AS225S) ₹ 1,068
Oc9 24 L x 31 H inch 5 Shelf Dish Rack, Modular Kitchen Storage Rack For Utensil Kitchen Rack Steel Silver 1 ₹ 149
Ossoro French Vanilla Flavour, 30 ml ₹ 149
Berries and Nuts Premium Pecan Nut, 100g ₹ 336
Borosil Glass Mixing & Serving Bowl With Blue Lid, Oven & Microwave Safe Bowl, 900ml, Borosilicate Glass, Clear ₹ 435
Hershey's Cocoa - Natural Unsweetened, 225 G ₹ 216
OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro 9" Round Cake Pan ₹ 5,091
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