I met a friend recently and she asked me for Cake baking tips - When I gave her (what I thought was most important one!) she laughed at me. What did I say? I said you have to cool the cake completely! Awe comeon - don't smirk! Most of my disasters in cake making has been lack of this process. I have this Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake which was the last cake I made during my Basic-Cake-Baking-Tips illiterate days.
After that, every cake I have made has been worth all the effort and I still am not what you could call as an expert Cake baker.I forgot to cool the cake completely and in a hurry removed - the bottom got stuck and also the crumb which supposedly is the most tenderest of all, came out heavy. The next time I made the cake keeping my mistakes in mind, it was heavenly. Hope you don't make the mistakes I did in order to enjoy this cake in its full favor. This recipe is verbatim from Taste of Home booklet.
Please refer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_cake
Shortening is "Dalda" in India --DK
Hi Kaushalya - wire rack are good to have but not must. The wire rack is just to cool down your baked goods. Something like this http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_vsVYhJZGIrw/SAQHL42p0ZI/AAAAAAAAIb0/B8Zc4LMiXLM/s400/lemoncookies_rack1.jpg - you probably can buy it from stores which sell baking pans and stuff...u can cool it in your baking sheet too - u can easily skip buying it.:)