Since my Bake Basic Cake course ended, I hadn't tried baking any of the cakes I had learnt at home. When I baked at the school, some magical force seemed to guide me and I was able to bake successfully. Or perhaps the chefs shadowed me.
Anyway I knew I should try baking one of the basic cakes at home just to see if I could do it. As time went by, I feared my memories would fade. Finally last night I decided to bake an orange chiffon cake mostly because I like the taste. As always, I am not fully prepared and had to go to the supermarket at 9pm to buy flour. I was looking for unbleached plain flour but the supermarket had run out. When it comes to plain flour, I always opt for unbleached ones because I don't fancy eating bleach. Yes, they put flour bleaching agents into flour to whiten it. (read here) Ever since I attended the baking school, I have become partial to Prima flour because at the school, we used Prima flour to bake. So I ended up with Prima Top Flour, unbleached of course.
I used the same recipe given by the school. It is a pretty generic recipe and if you google "orange chiffon cake" chances are the recipe provided will be close to what I used.
While I was gathering my ingredients and equipment, I had a bit of a panic moment when I realised that my mixer does not come with a whisk. I use a cheap Philips HR1565 mixer which I bought long before I went to baking school. Back then I had no idea what kind of attachments are necessary. At the baking school, I was taught to use the paddle attachment for creaming and mixing. The balloon whisk is used for creating foam out of egg white.
I decided to go ahead and use my beaters anyway since I was already so hyped up.
After putting the cake batter into the oven set at 170 deg C, I went to tidy up the table.
Here's my post-mortem:
1. Have a less messy table before I start baking to avoid the same mistake. I am a very messy baker and I even did the mixing on the floor because I ran out of table space. It's no wonder I left out the oil.
2. To avoid the browning of the top, I should cover with a foil in the last 15 min or so. I need to turn the pan as well as it's quite obvious there's a hot spot in my oven.
3. Add some grated orange rind next time to get texture.
4. Don't forget the oil.