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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.