So Mother’s Day is right around the corner and you may want to surprise mom with a delicious cake. Well guess what! your cake artist is here to share a few tips that will help you achieve that moist and yummy cake for mom or maybe you just want to indulge yourself or practice your baking craft.
1. First always read your recipe twice before starting. Make sure you have all the ingredients available and pay special attention to temperatures, times, methods and units (cups, tablespoons, pounds, ounces etc.)
2. Always preheat your oven. Turn your oven on and set to the desired temperature before you start mixing or prepping. By doing this your oven will reach the perfect baking temperature required by the recipe.
3. Always grease your pan with shortening (Cookeen or Crisco). Shortening does not burn when heated thus your cake crust looks nice and golden brown when finish and comes out the pan with ease, never use butter or margarine. You can use greaseproof paper at the bottom or the pan after greasing or the traditional method dust it with flour.
4. Eggs, butter, milk or any other liquid should be used at room temperature. Cold ingredients will cause the batter to curdle and we don’t want that. I like to leave the eggs and milk on the counter from the night before.
5. To prevent your cake from becoming too tough, don’t over mix the batter once you add the flour. I like to mix in the flour by hand, when you finish mixing you will definitely be tempted to lick your fingers.
6. Let at least ½ to ¾ of the cooking time to pass before opening your oven to check on the cake. If you open the oven too soon you risk the chance of your cake sinking in the middle. Although too much liquid or an oven that is not hot enough can also cause your cake to sink.
7. Use a skewer to stick the cake in the middle to test to see if the cake is finish. Once the skewer come out clean and dry your cake is ready.
8. Last but not least always wait for the cake to cool completely before frosting. The slightest warmth can quickly turn your frosting or icing into a hot mess.
I hope you enjoyed the few tips I shared today. Below I added two links that just have the best recipes ever. I have a lot more tips to share so feel free to ask and let me know how the tips work. Happy baking from your cake artist Ronn.