by Nikki Willhite
When you bake a cake for your family does it get
eaten right away, or do you eventually have to throw it out because it gets
stale? Here are some tips that will help you make a cake that will disappear.
Make Layered Cakes
Layered cakes are more
delicious than sheet cakes. This is because of the frosting in between the
layers. Some people even go so far as to cut two round cakes in half again
horizontally, so that they will have even more frosting between the layers.
Do not be intimidated by stacking
the cakes- On the cake that came out the most flat (after it has cooled) cut off
the top until it is even. Then turn that cake upside down and place it on your
platter. When you place the other cake on top of it, the 2 bottom parts of the
cakes will be next to each other, and your cake will not slide.
If you are very
frugal, find a large tin can the size of your cakes. Bake several at one time,
and then freeze them (when they are cool) in the cans, with wax paper in between
Remember to always handle any
product baked with flour carefully when it comes out of the oven or it will
fall. Cool for at least 10 minutes, in the pan, and then on a on a wire rack for
For a better looking cake, nice and tall, like the pictures in the magazines, use 8- inch round cooking
pans, instead of 9-inch ones.
For a Lighter, Higher Cake
Add your egg yolks and whites separately. Add the yolks first, then beat the
whites until fluffy, and gently fold in.
For a Marbled Dffect
a few drops of food coloring into the batter, and gently swirl around.
When frosting your cake, add
a pinch of baking powder. This will keep the frosting soft and moist.
Garnish your cake with
sprinkles, chocolate shavings, etc. This gives it a finished, more inviting
look. For a quick design, take a piece of string, dip it in food coloring, and
make crisscross lines across the top of the cake by pressing the string gently
down on the cake.
Cake Making is an art.
About the Author: Nikki Willhite,
mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing
articles on the topic of
frugal living for over a
decade. Visit her at
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Happy Families- more than just money!