Tips and tricks for the noob cake-baker
June 5, 2014 10:28 AM Subscribe
What are some tips for an adequate baker trying to get into cakes and more advanced things? I made my first ever cake last night (cake, filling, and buttercream icing) and it came out fine, but was a little nerve-wracking because the batter took nearly twice as long as the recipe said to bake. Then I realized I didn't have a wire pan to cool it with, nor a "cake plate" so it would look nice for presentation, nor a means of covering it without messing it up. What other pitfalls can I expect in preparing, timing, or equipment? What are the vital tools and supplies for my new hobby?
posted by DoubleLune to Food & Drink (39 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
My solutions to the above problems for tomorrow: the cake had a good consistency, so if it needs longer in the oven so be it. I'm going to cover a circular piece of cardboard in aluminum foil for presentation time, and have a big plastic salad container I can cover it with in the fridge. I *think* I've got this cake covered, but could use advice so next time I can just make the cake the first time and expect it to come out okay without needing a test-run like I did this time.