To bake a cake, follow these general steps:

  1. Preheat your oven. The typical baking temperature for most cakes is around 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prep your pan. Grease and flour your desired cake pan to prevent your cake from sticking.
  3. Mix your dry ingredients. These usually include flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Cream your butter and sugar. This will help your cake to be fluffy and light.
  5. Add eggs. Eggs give cakes moisture and structure.
  6. Alternate adding your dry ingredients and liquid. Many cake recipes call for milk, buttermilk, or water.
  7. Pour the batter. Pour your batter into your prepped cake pan.
  8. Bake. Time will depend on the size of the cake pan and the specific recipe.
  9. Test for doneness. Use the toothpick test to make sure your cake is fully cooked.
  10. Cool. Let cakes cool in the pan before removing and frosting.

This is a generic guide and may not apply to all cake recipes. Always follow your recipe’s instructions for best results.