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How to test a cake for doneness with a toothpick

metal cake tester from C&B

Most baking recipes give a window of time in which your recipe might be done. This is because ovens can vary slightly in temperature and both the temperature of the room and your dough/batter can have an influence over baking time. So, it’s important to know how to check your baked goods for doneness to be sure they’re ready to come out and don’t need ... Read More »

Small Talk Cake Server Set

Small Talk Cake Server Set

To serve a cake, you really only need a knife to cut the cake and a spatula to transfer the slice to the plate. Any knife and spatula will do, although you will get better slices when you use better equipment. For instance, a butter knife isn’t going to give you the neatest slice of a layer cake even though it will get the job ... Read More »

Frieling Layer Cake Slicing Kit

Frieling Cake Slicer

The hardest thing about making a layer cake is getting evenly sliced layers. It never seems like it will be that difficult to level the rounded top off of a single layer or cake, or to cut a taller cake into two even pieces, but even pros end up with uneven layers sometimes. The trick to getting even layers is to have a very large ... Read More »

Cake Cutting Robot made from LEGOs

Robot Cake Cutter

Have you ever gone to slice a cake and ended up creating funky, uneven slices that weren’t as attractive as you’d hoped? Cutting a cake badly has happened to everyone at one time or another. Fortunately, it doesn’t take anything away from the taste of a cake, but using a gadget like the Mindstorm Cake Cutter would ensure that you get perfectly shaped cake slices, ... Read More »

Amish Cake Tester Broom

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 ... Read More »

Breton Apple Cake

Apple Cake

Most recipes tell you what a particular dish is – vanilla cake, chocolate chip cookies, etc – but some also give you a little more information by telling you about where that recipe is from. A New York-Style Cheesecake is a great example of this, and this dense and creamy type of cheesecake is instantly recognizable. Some recipes, however, are associated with different places and ... Read More »

Tomato Juice Cake

Tomato Juice Cake

Some of my favorite cookbooks are not slick hardbound volumes full of colorful photos. Some of them are old, well-used booklets of simple recipes that were put together decades ago for church and school groups with recipes from neighborhood mothers and wives. The colorful books are still wonderful, of course, but there is nothing like seeing some of the recipes that were popular – for ... Read More »

Pie meets cake in The Pumpple Cake

Pumpple Cake

I like pie. I like cake. I have to admit that I have never felt a strong desire to combine the two desserts before. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market out there for that sort of thing, which is why the Flying Monkey Bakery in Philadelphia invented the Pumpple Cake. This slightly awkwardly named dessert consists of two pies, a pumpkin pie and ... Read More »

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