Common Errors When Baking Cakes

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A cake is far more than just a sweet dessert to indulge the taste buds; they are an integral aspect of our cultural traditions. Not everyone can go to Cako bakery san francisco. I do not recall ever having been to a birthday party, graduation, or other special event that did not include a celebratory cake. Making a cake can be fun, meaningful, and cost-efficient, but it can also be scary. As the old adage goes, “baking is a science,” and sometimes even the smallest mistakes can result in a dry, bland, or otherwise unappealing cake. Fortunately, some of the most common mistakes are actually quite easy to avoid.

First, cake-baking rookies often follow a brand new recipe on the day the cake needs to be prepared. This often leads to disasters, especially if the recipe is from an unknown source. If a new recipe piques the interest, I highly recommend baking a practice cake beforehand. Even if the recipe is a legitimately good one, people have different oven heating efficiencies, and the temperature or timing stated in the recipe may be different with another oven.

Timing is one of the most important factors in baking a great cake. The most commonly made mistake is under-baking the cake. Under-baking leads to a cake that collapses inward at the center. Opening the over door to check on a cake can be equally detrimental because it results in a large temperature drop. If the baking was not yet complete, the cake will also collapse. This is especially true of flourless cakes, such as cheesecake. 

Cutting corners is another common mistake often made by people who are baking in a hurry. For example, they might under-sift dry ingredients, or under-mix the batter. Cakes with under-sifted dry ingredients are often lumpy because the leavening agents were not evenly dispersed. I most often notice under-mixing in chocolate cakes because there are random swirls of white and black. Also, the texture of under-mixed cakes tends to be coarse because the butter and sugar were not properly creamed together.
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While under-mixing can be disastrous, over-mixing is even more common. Over-mixing can result from either mixing the batter for too long, or mixing it too vigorously. This causes air pockets to form, and leads to a cake that has tunnels or holes. To avoid this, I only use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar for a few minutes. Then I gently fold-in the remaining ingredients by hand. It may take a little more effort, but following a few basic rules results in a cake that is moist, beautiful, and delicious.

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Interior Decorating: A Guide for Parents

When I was a kid, I dreamed of how my adult home would look. I would have the coolest neon leather chairs in my rec room. I’d have antique Egyptian inspired sofas in my parlor. I’d have a soft, velvety, big comfy chair in my living room. I never thought about that in between teenager and self-pleasing adult phase called parenthood. It turns out, I didn’t have to. There were ways to furnish and decorate my home that pleased me and provided a perfect environment for my children. Here are some things I learned:

Don’t kid yourself and just go with it. There are certain things I found myself repeating over and over and over. The two things that come to mind first are: “Don’t leave your shoes there,” and “Don’t throw your clothes there!” Eventually, I realized I wasn’t going to break the habit. I threw a shoe carpet on the left side of the door instead of the right, then I put a hamper in the bathroom instead of the kids’ rooms. Some habits are harder to break than they are worth. Adapt your set-up to them instead of stressing yourself out.
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Go Shabby Chic. I gave up on the leather, antiquity, and soft white dream, but I did not have to give up on style completely. One day, while looking through a home decorating magazine and saw a gorgeous set-up of shabby chic furniture and decor. Even though the kids are gone, I still have my favorite Shabby Chic sofa.

Don’t put decorating on the back burner. There was a time, when the kids first came along, that I acceded to just keeping the walls white and accepting the furniture my parents offered from the attic. It was a miserable year. Finally, when I couldn’t take another second of the gloom. I got some cheap paint and started with the living room. I couldn’t believe the difference it made. It was magic. I would smile every time I walked into the room. I knew holding off on adding decor was no longer an option. I have not regretted it for a second since. It brightened the environment. It made rooms more fun. Best of all, my kids loved joining in on the projects and reveled in the attention they received when it was time to decorate, or redecorate, their room.

 

Why We Celebrate Birthdays With Cake

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Cakes have become such a central theme in birthday celebrations that it’s hard to imagine ushering in a new year of life without one. Whether its a San Francisco macaron or a cupcake from New York, there are going to be cakes. From small cupcakes to multi-layer grand designs, it just isn’t a birthday without some type of cake. This article will explain the history of birthday cakes and why they have become such an important part of our culture. 

How Did Birthday Cakes Get Their Start?
While birthday cakes have become a world-wide symbol of celebration, cakes have only been used to honor birthdays since roughly the 19th century; however, cakes have deep historical roots that can be traced to the Ancient Romans. Romans would bake flat rounds of flour that contained yeast, nuts, and honey to serve at weddings and occasionally birthdays. 

Germans are recognized as being the true inventors of the birthday cake. Following the tradition of designing cakes in the form of a swaddled infant to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, Germans began to use cakes to recognize the births of children in a holiday known as Kinderfest. In the 1400’s, Germany bakeries decided to enlarge their marketing potential to more than just weddings, and started selling one-layer cakes for birthdays as well. 
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By the 1600’s, cakes had become a regular part of birthday celebrations among the wealthy; however, it was not until after the industrial revolution that cakes became as commonplace as they are in our current culture. 

Meaning Behind Cake Shape 
While current birthday cakes are designed in many different shapes and forms, a round shape is the typical birthday symbol. Cakes were originally designed to be round because bakers wanted to replicate the shape of the moon or the sun, symbolizing the circle of natural life. Likewise, cakes developed their round shape simple because of ancient technology and culture. In ancient culture, cakes were generally made by hand and formed into round balls, giving them their circular appearance. 

Cakes in Modern Culture 
In modern culture, birthday cakes can be baked and designed to match the personality and uniqueness of the birthday boy or girl. Cakes come in different sizes from the traditional circular shape to cakes designed to look like a football or even a favorite pet! With the use of different icings, fondants, and ingredients, a cake can be made in a world of different patterns and designs. Birthday cakes are often accompanied by candles to be blown out, and the singing of festive songs such as “Happy Birthday to You”.

The Best Cake Receipes You Never Thought Of

 

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Cakes are a staple dessert or afternoon snack. Sure you could head down to your local London or San Francisco bakery and just get something but instead of making cakes from mixes found at the grocery store, try doing something different. Here are some cake recipes you may not have heard or thought of. 

Make a Root Beer Bundt cake using standard root beer or root beer schnapps. Combined with cocoa powder, brown sugar and other ingredients, this can be a hit for both children and adults. You can use any Bundt cake mix in cupcake papers as well. 

For a light and fluffy alternative to heavy cakes, try a Green Tea Cheesecake. This recipe combines matcha green tea powder, chocolate and gelatin for a no-bake cheesecake perfect for friends, family or just for the “just because” occasions.

Flourless cakes have been around since the Great Depression. They are great for those occasions when guests cannot have gluten; you have run out of flour or just want something different. Make it in chocolate, vanilla or other flavors. 

Red Velvet Cake was once a party cake found in nearly every celebration. Today, it is making a comeback. The color is striking and the taste is wonderful. Try a variation that uses marshmallow crème for an interesting filling.

If you have to use a cake mix, try a beer cake for game night. It uses a standard yellow cake mix and one can of your favorite beer. You can experiment to create your favorite flavors. 
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Try a stout cake for a hearty dessert or fun occasion. Guinness makes a wonderful addition to a chocolate cake recipe. You only need to use a cup; the cook can have the rest. 

If you have a bottle of wine left over, use it to make a wine cake. There are recipes for both red and white wine cakes. Wine has been used in cakes for hundreds of years.

Rose petals and rose water have been used in light cake recipes for as long as cakes have been around. Once the fare of only the richest families, you can find the ingredients online and in fine food stores. Create a rose cake for close friends, bridal or baby showers. 

For children of all ages who love peanut butter, make a peanut butter cake for a weekend treat or a picnic. The recipe can become a family favorite. 

Making cakes with unusual flavors is not expensive or hard. You can find recipes to try in cookbooks and online. You could create a tradition or friendly competition to see who comes up with the most unusual and great-tasting cakes.

Are kids’ parties better than grown-ups?

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 As a mom, one of the most stressful things to do is to organise your kids’ birthdays and pull it off without a hitch. You need to have some common sense when you plan it and make good chances. Instead of being stressed about the cake, try a San Francisco bakery; and if you want other help, feel free to get it. 

The excitement of the big day, whether it’s a birthday or other celebration, should always be marked with a party filled with decorations, fun and delicious food. Children look forward to their parties with special urgency, knowing they will experience something magical and memorable. Adults focus on these things too, but being adult sometimes gets in the way of the best party experience. Are kids’ parties better than grown-ups’ parties? It depends on many factors, not least of all the ability of the person in question to let go and have fun.

Where to Have Kids’ and Grown-ups’ Parties

The majority of both kids’ and grown-ups’ parties occur at home. The second most popular place is at a favorite restaurant. For adult parties, bars can be included in that count. Which one is better depends on personal preference. Kids can party at home without worrying about cleaning up afterwards. Grown-ups will take care of that, even after their own party. At a restaurant, grown-ups get the short end of the stick again since they have to pay.

Decorations, Fun and Games
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Overall, kid’s parties have more decorations, crafts, games and outside-the-norm activities than grown-up parties. Parents will decorate the house with balloons, streamers and tableware from their kids’ favorite cartoon. There will be fun projects to work on and games to play. Grown-ups’ parties usually revolve around talking with other people at the party. Activity parties at sports clubs or dance clubs can be fun, but still focus on socialization.

Party Food and Drinks

Grown-ups may see their party as a time to let their hair down and drink too much alcohol. The next day they will probably regret it. Cake has too many calories and pizza gives them heartburn. When it comes to food and drink, kids’ parties are definitely better than grown-up parties, but mostly because there is no guilt or regret involved. Kids will smash cake on their face with wild abandon, while grown-ups will turn it down because they’re dieting, even at their own party.

Are kids’ parties better than grown-ups? It all boils down to what people expect from a party. For sheer enjoyment and fun without guilt or discomfort, kids’ parties win. What a person enjoys most and remembers for their whole lives depends on their personal tastes. Parties, at any age, should be about fun.