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 ...view middle of the document...
Understanding the personal diet restrictions of the people whom intend to eat the cake is a very important step in the cake baking process. Sometimes it is necessary to substitute the ingredients to accommodate the diet restrictions of people with diabetes, gluten allergies or lactose intolerance. Diabetics cannot enjoy a cake using normal ingredients such as cake flour and granulated sugar. Substituting a wheat flour blend and artificial sweetener ensures that a diabetic will not have any health consequences as a result of eating the cake. Also it will benefit a diabetic if non-dairy milk is used. Most people are not aware that dairy based milk can elevate a person’s blood sugar level. A person with a gluten intolerance cannot eat regular cake. There are more substitutions required for gluten intolerant person than a diabetic. Required ingredients could include: white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch, gluten free baking powder, gluten free vanilla, and xanthan gum. Some of the ingredients may need to be purchased at a health food store. To enjoy a slice of cake but avoid uncomfortable symptoms of lactose intolerance regular milk and butter would not be the ingredients to use. Changes that could be made to a recipe would be using rice flour, dairy or soy free shortening, almond or rice milk, and dairy free margarine. All of these substitutes can make a difference to the person enjoying the cake that was baked.
There are a variety of tools to decorate and personalize your cake, from cake coverings such as fondant to specialized decorating elements, including gum paste and molding chocolate. Many of these...