Tuesday, September 11, 2007
How to bake a perfect cake!
The key to getting your cakes just perfect is to get your pans greased well and right.
You can do this a few different ways:
1. The old fashioned way: grease with shortening, then flour it. This works great! But can be a bit time consuming and messy, and you'll be sure to have flour all over yourself and your kitchen.
2. Use something called "Cake release." You can go to your local craft store and buy the Wilton cake release, but why do that when you can save money and make it at home?
3. Make your own cake release! Let me show you how to do it.
Start with just THREE ingredients!
Pretty simple, right?
1 cup of your flour, 1 cup of shortening, and 3/4 cup oil. Mmmm... good for you.
Use a pastry brush to spread the cake release into your pans. Don't leave any metal showing.
Add your cake batter. Mine is lemon this time. My husband requested a lemon baked alaska for his birthday! I have never tried it before, so keep posted to see how it turns out.
Bake it according to your cake directions until your toothpick comes out clean. Almost done!
Let cool for 5-10 minutes, then turn over onto a cooling rack.
Good job! You baked a "perfect" cake! That was easier than you thought, right?
Now, for your cake release. Pour it into a sealable container.
It will keep in your kitchen cupboard. No need to refrigerate. Now you are a cake baking guru! And for next time you decide to bake a cake, it is all ready to go!