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Building a Better Cake

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.

Plan Ahead

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 the cakes.

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 good ventilation.

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

Stir in 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.   Get creative!

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 www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 

 

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