You can buy baking powder more easily than its constituent parts but you can make your own by combining half a teaspoon of cream of tartar and a quarter teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. If it doesn’t, then it will no longer work. To serve, cut the cake into 2 even layers and sandwich together with cream and jam or a buttercream of your choice. So be carefull. Oil and line an 18cm or 20cm cake tin and dust the inside with caster sugar and then flour, this will help the cake ‘climb’ the sides of the tin. You can test it by adding ½ tsp to 2 tbsp warm water. 24 Oct 2013, very nice thanks Self-raising flour is plain flour that has had a raising agent such as baking powder added. Whisk in 1 tbsp warm water. Something went wrong. So be carefull. Increase the speed and continue whisking until you have a very pale, fluffy mixture. This low fat cake recipe is a light sponge with an airy texture that’s achieved with plain flour, cornflour, baking powder and eggs that are separated before mixing. Heavier batters such as those containing fruit or a thicker batter, like the one for this banana cake, might need more raising agent. We’d like to hear your recipe ideas, tips and questions in the comments below. When you lift the whisk up the mixture on it should fall back in a ‘trail’ on the surface of the mixture in the bowl and stay for about 5 seconds before it sinks back in. Beer 52 exclusive offer: Get a free case of craft beer worth £24. Sift the flour and baking powder together and fold lightly into the mixture. -  Please try again. Here, we share our favourite plain flour cake recipes, plus we provide a lesson in plain flour, including tips on how to convert it to self-raising and the benefits of cooking with this versatile storecupboard flour. Beat in the eggs a little at a time, so the mixture doesn't curdle. Everyone will love it and it is very easy. This would depend on the recipe. Two kinds of raising agents give this cake its particular flavour and texture.  -  If you like light, American-style cakes reminiscent of packet mixes, then this is the cake for you. 18cm tins may need a few minutes longer as the cake will be deeper. Sift the flour and salt over the mixture in the bowl and use a large spatula or large metal spoon to very carefully fold it into the mixture. This provides the equivalent of one teaspoon of baking powder. The sponge should be risen, golden and slightly shrunk away from the sides. If the cake has added air because the ingredients are whisked well to make lots of bubbles in the mixture, then these bubbles will expand when the cake is cooked and the cake mixture will set around them. Remove the bowl from the pan and whisk for 2 mins until the mixture has cooled slightly. Add a little milk if necessary to give a soft dropping consistency. Our top plain flour recipesThe best flour substitutions11 baking ingredients for your storecupboardTop 10 flourless baking recipesCommon ingredient substitutionsStorecupboard baking recipes. Oops! This cake uses bicarbonate of soda as a raising agent. Find recipe ideas and cookery tips for working with plain flour. As a rule of thumb, to make plain flour into self-raising, add 2 tsp baking powder to 150g of plain flour. If you’ve only got plain flour in the cupboard, don’t worry – you can still bake to your heart’s content. Soft wheat flour might need a little less than 2 tsp but unless you know what your flour is milled from, use this amount. The email addresses you've entered will not be stored and will only be used to send this email. This requires an acid such as cream of tartar and a liquid activate it. The cake mix also features soured cream. The easiest raising agent to add is baking powder (or ‘baking soda’ as it is known in some parts of the world). This lemon pound cake is a good example. Baking powder is made of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and cream of tartar and some cornflour. 11 baking ingredients for your storecupboard, Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Gently scrape the mixture into the tin and flatten the top. If it’s working, it will fizz. We explain how to make your cakes rise with plain flour using raising agents and eggs. Subscription offer: save 44% and receive a brand-new cookbook. Place in prepared tin. Tap the tin lightly down onto the work surface to bring any large air bubbles to the top. Bake for about 30 minutes. Don’t add too much bicarb to anything, it is 3-4 times stronger than baking powder and too much often gives bakes a green tinge and an unpleasant metallic or soapy flavour. This cake uses eggs to give it an airy texture and is a brilliant way of using up a bottle of dessert wine you might have open. Bicarb starts to react straight away so get this into the oven as soon as you can. You can also use bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) plus an acid like cream of tartar, buttermilk or yogurt to make a cake rise.