Professor Carole Ezell
16 September 2012
How to bake a cake
Baking a cake may seem intimidating to most people but it really is not. All you need is a little creativity, patience and skill to master the task. It will prove not only to be fun but very therapeutic.
Having the right kitchen tools can make the experience more enjoyable. The proper mixer is a worthwhile investment as it will make the baking experience much easier. The advantages to owning this type of kitchen equipment are worth the higher price. Mixing batters by hand or by using a hand held mixer may not always get the batter to the desired consistency. Good quality cake pans are equally important as they help to ensure that the heat is distributed evenly throughout the cake. A lesser quality cake pan may not achieve the desired result. Cloth foil wraps are needed to wrap around the cake pan. They typically cost twenty dollars for a pair and are an important part of the baking process. The cloth foil wraps will keep the cake from rising unevenly while baking in the pan. As for the hand utensils, common measuring cups, measuring spoons, rubber spatulas and mixing bowls found in any household kitchen are acceptable. A roll of parchment paper will be needed to line the cake pans. Cooling racks are also needed to place the hot cake pans on a counter top to cool after baking.
The most common ingredients needed to bake a cake are typical items found in almost any household. They consist of cake flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. There are substitutes for some of these ingredients if the original ingredients are not readily available. Another reason for using substitutes is one’s desire to bake a cake that is lower in calories, sugar or fat for a healthy alternative. Some common substitute ingredients would be whole wheat flour blend or gluten free flour, artificial sweeteners or...
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