Jun 13

7 Tips to Bake a Lip Smacking Cake

By Admin | Everyday Baking , Tips

We at Shining Kitchen, strive to give our readers the perfect tips that take their kitchen experience to the next level. Whether it is providing information regarding the best appliances or sharing tips that help take their dishes to the next level, we have it all covered for you. Well, today we have good news for all you who love baking.

We have compiled seven tips that famous pastry chefs bank upon to bake stunning and lip-smacking cakes. In today’s age of the internet, recipes are just a fingertip away. But there are few things which separate a dish that an average home cook will make and something that you will find in a restaurant prepared by a world class chef. Obviously, there are years of experience that a professional chef has over an amateur, but you still can make little tweaks, that can help you narrow that gap.

Baking tips

So, next time you decide to bake for your friends or your family, keep these tips in mind, as they might prove to be the difference between, “That was good Amy” to “Holy Smokes Amy, which bakery did you get this from?”. So without further ado let’s dive into these tips.

Tip#1 – Never use Cold Eggs

Remember when your mother told you to always bring the butter to room temperature, before you put it into the mix. Well, this holds true for eggs too. Ideally, it is advised to take the eggs out from the refrigerator at least 1 hour before you use them. But if you a terrible planner and have a busy schedule, then we have a little cheat code for you. Put the eggs in a warm bowl of water, and microwave them for 45 to 60 seconds. Using eggs at room temperature tend to make your cake a bit fluffier.

Tip#2 – Don’t get lazy with Measurements

If you ask any famous chef, they will tell how seriously they take measurements. For baking scrumptious cakes, you have to be very accurate with flour measurement. A standard, measuring cup is used to measure flour, and most recipes rely on that only. But home cooks make a mistake of taking flour directly from the bag. If you do so, you end up taking more than you need. A simple workaround to this is to take some flour in a bowl and take the flour from the bowl instead of the bag. Just sweep off the excess flour on the measuring cup with the help of a knife.

Tip#3 – Fancy accessories make a difference 

We know that your friend Sarah says that it is okay to butter the pan with the help of paper. Well, she is wrong and if you do you are bound to leave some portion of the pan, uncoated. We highly recommend you to get a pastry brush and use it to butter. Take some butter over a tablespoon and swipe your brush over it. Then just swipe all over the pan for greater coverage.

Tip#4 – Centre is the Ideal Position in the Oven

If you are baking a cake, you are probably positioning it at the center of the oven. But when baking cupcakes or muffins, home cooks tend to ignore positioning of the pans. In some cases, you see that the pans are touching the walls of the oven. This has a direct effect on the air circulation. We advise our readers to get wider ovens so that pans are positioned side by side, but if you have a narrow oven, place the pans in separate racks, but maintain the center position.

Tip#5 – Rotate your Pans 

This holds true if you are baking a single cake or several cupcakes. Rotating the pan guarantees uniform baking. But you have to wait till the cake sets before you rotate the pan. If you have pans in multiple racks, it is highly recommended to exchange their positions too.

Tip#6 – For Multiple layers, cool upside down 

If you are baking a multi-layer cake, you must cool it on a wire rack, in upside down position. This flattens the top, and you can easily place the next layer over it.

Tip#7 – Never forget to add the Secret Ingredient

This last tip may seem like something your grandmother would say, but most pastry chefs will second this. Always add your love and passion whenever you bake and you friends will taste it. If you are an avid baker, you probably know, that love is something that can turn an ordinary cake into something your near & dear ones cherish you for. We at Shining Kitchen have a saying when it comes to baking – “You don’t just bake a cake; you nurture it”. And by that statement, we summarize this tip for you.

So there you have it, these are the seven tips that can help you ta bake better cakes and leave your friends wanting for more. If you have any other tip, that has helped you over the years, feel free to share it in the comment below.

May 07

Can Baking Lead to less Stress?

By Admin | Everyday Baking

We all in this day & age, we all go through some form of stress everyday. It is a known medical fact that stress can have direct impact on your health. Well today, we have some good news for you.

Recent studies have shown that cooking can actually help in reducing stress. Sounds absurd right? Cooking helps you take mind off things. In some ways it works like meditation. While you are meditating you are essentially focusing on your breath, or yourself, and this helps to ignore your concerns. Cooking does the same for you.

Furthermore, activities like baking, take your attention level a step further, and can prove to be highly effective to combat stress. Today we share Top 5 reasons as to how baking can be your perfect companion against stress.

Baking = Less Stress

  1. Repetition is the Key

When meditation, you are told to focus on your breath continuously. You are essentially focusing on a repetitive task i.e. breathing. Similarly, while baking you engage in many repetitive tasks too. Whisking eggs, adding sugar and butter, keeps your mind away from those negative tasks.

  1. Good Ol’ memories

Right from your childhood, your mind tends to associate few things with positivity. Holiday season is accompanied by the smell of the flour, or the sound of the blender. All these are hard-wired into your brain as ‘happy memories’. So when you start mixing flour or power up the blender, a powerful chemical known as endorphin is released. Endorphins help reducing pain and in a way initiate positivity in your mind.

  1. Attention to Detail

 Sometimes delicate things like frosting require extreme concentration. Those scrumptious cupcakes or those fluffy layers of cake require attention to detail. This again frees your mind from negative thoughts.

Also if you like to experiment with your dish, or try out some new recipes, then this boosts the creative side of your brain, and significant drop in stress levels is observed.

So next, time you feel a bit overwhelmed, power up your mixer, and start baking. 

  1. Those Happy Faces

Nothing beats the joy, of seeing the faces of your friends & family light up after eating your food. And if you pair your dishes, with healthy ingredients, your ‘feel-good’ level goes over the moon.

  1. Sense of Fulfillment 

Finally, when you savor your dessert, a sense of fulfilment engulfs your body. Your worked hard for your dish, and its time to enjoy it.

So, if stress seams to weigh you down, lift your sprits up, by baking that delicious cake.

Nov 10

Idiot’s Guide to Baking – How to not mess it up?

By Admin | Tips

If you like to bake or want to get into baking there is one thing you need to understand, you cannot be cheap. Baking essentially involves combination or mixing of many ingredients and it takes practice & proper knowledge to get them right. These days many companies are offering cheaper products like baking chocolate, which supposedly make the baking process a lot easier. Well, they don’t. And this is the first thing you need to understand if you don’t want to mess it up.


Apart from this there are certain crucial points or things that you need to take care of. We have complied the top 5 tips that you will need to bake like a pro and more importantly to not mess it up. Here it goes –

Tip 1 – The exact quantity

The first mistake that home cooks make is not using the precise quantity of ingredients. “A little bit of extra sugar won’t do any damage”, well it does. It can completely spoil the taste or composition of your dish. If you are referring to a guide or a recipe it is advised to follow that to the point. This means if says use 2 cups of flour, then that means two cups of flour.

Precise Measurement

Protip – Measurements can be a bit deceiving while following online recipes, as a cup size in America is slightly different than that in United Kingdom. So check the origin of the recipe before making your measurements.

Tip 2 – Room Temperature Butter & Eggs provide big result

One of the trade secret of the baking industry is to use eggs kept at room temperature, before adding them to the batter. Most home cooks believe that since eventually everything is heated once it goes to an oven, an egg taken out from a refrigerator will do the same job as a room temperature egg. When you store an egg in colder conditions the composition of molecules change and this alters the taste. Although, the difference is small, it will be significant when you actually do it.

Tip 3 – Mix it thoroughly

Once the mixture is prepared you need to mix it properly. If you don’t do so, lumps will be created. You need to make sure that every portion of the batter is reached and the bottom of the bowl is free from flour. Doing all this, is not entirely possible by hands, so it is advisable to get a stand mixer to do the job for you.

Tip 4 – Follow the recipe step by step

Sometimes home cooks tend to skip the instructions mentioned in the recipe and try to rush through the process. If you are creaming the butter, and the recipe strictly states that add eggs one at time, then don’t add all the eggs at once. If you want a prime aerated cream then you should not skip ahead and follow every single step.

Tip 5 – Adjusting with oven heat

This steps takes a little practice. Most recipes don’t prescribe the exact oven temperature. This is because most ovens vary in strength and heat dissipation. Keep an eye on your batter once it is the oven

Protip – It is best to heat the oven to the minimum prescribed temperature. After that check the mixture after every two minutes.