Shortened cakes, also known as butter, conventional, or creamed cakes, are the most commonly prepared types, especially for birthday and wedding celebrations. (This group also includes oil cakes.) These are American butter cakes which typically have a moist, tender crumb and fine, even grain. They can be made from scratch, purchased already made, or made from a cake mix.
Fat, Eggs, and Leavening Agent
- The fat used in a shortened cake is margarine, shortening, or butter.
- Shortened cake uses 2 to 3 whole eggs
- Shortened cake uses baking soda or baking powder as a leavening agent.
Chocolate Cake is an example of a shortened cake
- Cream together fat and sugar
- Beat in eggs
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and leavening agent.
- Alternately add the dry ingredients with the liquid in 3 equal parts. Begin and end with dry ingredients
- Stir until ingredients are well blended.
- Sift together the dry ingredients which include the flour, sugar, salt, and leavening
- Stir in the fat and half the milk. Using an electric mixer, beat 2 minutes.
- Add remaining liquid and eggs. Beat 2 minutes