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Amish Cake Tester Broom

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Amish Cake Tester Broom
Toothpicks are the standard thing to use when testing cakes and other baked goods for doneness. They are something that just about everyone has in their kitchen and they are reliable. But there are occasions when you might want something longer than a toothpick to test the doneness of a bundt cake or other deep baked good. These are situations when a piece of an Amish Cake Tester Broom might come in handy. This handmade broom is made for testing the doneness of cake, a throwback to days when people used pieces of straw – not toothpicks – to test their baking. The broom is made of corn-husk straws, and to use it you simply break one off and stick it into your cake. Each of the straws is about 5-inches long, so you have plenty of room to get into just about any baked good. I happen to like the way that you can easily hang the broom on a hook or knob near your oven, and it has such a charming look to it that it makes a great little gift for baking buddies.

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10 Comments
  • Anne @ Baking Me
    March 18, 2011

    I have never heard of an Amish cake tester broom, what a great idea!

  • Turi
    March 18, 2011

    I got one of those for Christmas – works just as well as a toothpick, and I can keep it easily accessible…

  • Linda
    March 18, 2011

    Clever idea. I gave up toothpicks a long time ago and went with wooden skewers. You can find them pretty inexpensively in most groceries and they do a much better job of testing cakes than toothpicks. Very cool gift!

  • Fat Fudge
    March 18, 2011

    I also use wooden skewers. They’re cheap and easy to find.

  • nancy k.
    March 18, 2011

    I was gifted with one of thse at Christmas a number of years ago. It was great and I did eventually use it all up.

  • Rachael
    March 18, 2011

    I must be the only one that thinks this is a bad idea. It looks too similar to the hand-held whisk broom that we used to take camping to get the dirt off the tent floor.

  • Lora
    March 19, 2011

    Never heard of this broom. Very interesting and a lovely decorative item for the kitchen as well.

  • Rose
    March 30, 2011

    I use a piece of spaghetti, after you check you can break off the used piece for extra sticks if needed. Cheaper than this, its edible and I usually have it in my pantry.

  • I have never heard of using a broom. Like Rose I typically just use a piece of spaghetti. I might have to try this though. It looks like a piece I would have in my kitchen. I am going for an antique feel.

  • […] than a toothpick to test the doneness of a bundt cake or other deep baked good.” (Thank you, Bakingbites.com) This comes up… apparently. I have baked on occasion and rather than snapping a straw off my […]

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