Temperature & cookware
If your oven temperature is questionable, invest in an oven thermometer (even newish ovens can be out so this is a good idea however old your oven is!) as some ovens can be out as much as 75 degrees. Before mixing your cake prepare your cake tins, turn the oven on, and make sure the shelf is in the center. I always place a Pyrex dish with water in the bottom of the oven to help keep the cakes moist whilst cooking.
Shiny pans reflect the heat; therefore these are a better choice for cake baking. Reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees when using glass pans. Have all ingredients at room temperature for best results. Use coco powder instead of flour for dusting a greased pan when making a chocolate cake.
Ingredients & technique
For better texture, try substituting butter milk for regular milk in your cake recipe. For each cup of butter milk used (8oz), add 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder to the dry ingredients. Toss nuts, raisins and chopped fruit in flour first, this will help keep them suspended in your cake mix rather than sinking to the bottom of the pan. To moisten confectioner’s sugar frosting use other liquids in place of milk, for example melted jelly, fruit juices, coffee and peanut butter (with a little milk), honey, or maple syrup are just a few suitable alternatives.
To make chocolate whipped cream combine 2 tablespoons each of unsweetened coco powder and confectioners sugar in a mixing bowl, gradually stir in 1 cup of whipping cream, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before beating.
Kim makes all kinds of cakes for all sorts of celebrations and occasions in all shapes and sizes including wedding cakes and novelty birthday cakes.
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