Tips and Tricks #13

My hubby was very impressed with me the other day when he was watching me prepare a springform pan for a cake. I don’t remember where I learned this but for many years now, this is how I have been lining a round baking pan.

grease your pan well, I use cook-n-bake spray and a liberal spread of margarine or butter

tear off a sheet of wax paper that covers the whole top of your pan, it needn’t be much bigger

fold the sheet in half with the shinier, smoother side of the wax paper on the inside, then fold it in half again (on the fold) to make it more or less square

forming a point on the corner of the fold, fold it again diagonally

you can add another fold if you like, so it looks like this

now level off the top open side- it doesn’t have to be perfectly round, and this step isn’t essential, I just like it tidy ūüėČ

open it up- it’ll be roughly circular and bigger than the inside of your pan (feel free to spray and cook or grease the shiny side if you want to)

keeping the inside shiny side up, press it into your baking pan

(FYI the pan in my picture is NOT greased) you will be able to smooth the paper against the greased sides and base of the pan to make it as smooth as possible

You can now pour in the batter you want to bake into a cake and bake as you usually would. When your cake is baked, let it cool for a few minutes inside your baking pan before you turn it out. Pull the wax paper off the cake very gently so as not to pull the cake apart. You shouldn’t battle to do so and you will be left with a remarkably easy to clean- and longer lasting- baking pan, and one that you can use again almost immediately should you need to do so!

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Emma’s Rainbow Cake!

Emma’s mommy ordered this rainbow cake for her birthday party!

She’s having a Disney princesses themed party, but Bern wanted to surprise Emma’s party guests with what this colourful party cake looks like inside, so instead of a Disney themed cake, its covered in white vanilla butter icing! The seven layers inside- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet- are sandwiched with strawberry jam which beautifully¬†balances the sweetness of the cake and icing.

rainbow cake, white vanilla butter icing

This “miniature” square cake is made of the tops that were cut off the big cake’s layers in order to make it flat.

rainbow vanilla cake

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Calling All “Beater Testers”!

This set of beta test recipes are all inspired by pins I have on my Pinterest “I Love Baking” board! I love Pinterest, and there’s so much there that I want to try!

How the “beta testing” works is that I try something new, and you tell me what you think!¬†If you want to try one of these recipes, there‚Äôs a small price to cover the cost of the ingredients.¬†These cupcake and cookie experiments will cost you R70 each. Cake and cheesecake experiments will cost you R100 each. Only one “batch” of each recipe is available, so its first-come-first-served. Your order will have to be collected from me in Midrand. Biscuits can wait for collection, but cakes and cupcakes and such need to be collected the day they are baked, or a day later at most.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me which one you would like to try, I will then email you further details.

So here’s the list of recipes I am going to be attempting.

  • Pineapple Upside Down¬†ÔĽŅcake x1
  • Oreo Cookies and Cream No-Bake¬†cheesecake x1¬†This is now¬†Louisa’s!
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise¬†cookies x12¬†These are now Gina’s!
  • Strawberry Chocolate¬†cookies x12 Cara wants these.
  • Snickers Caramel Cheesecake¬†cookies x12¬†These are Anneke’s!
  • Gluten-free Shirley Temple¬†cupcakes x12 Nadia wants to try these!
  • Nutella¬†cupcakes x12¬†These are also Gina’s!
  • Peanut Butter with Peanut Butter Frosting and Jam¬†cupcakes x12 These are Anneke’s too!
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A Rainbow Cake!!!

This past Saturday was my youngest sister’s baby shower, and my sister and my mom and I had so much fun organising and setting up and such! And I thought a rainbow cake would be a perfect colourful ending to the day’s procedures. The cake took quite some time to prepare as each layer has to be coloured and baked seperately, and then they all have to cool before they can be stacked. I sandwiched the layers with strawberry and apricot jam, which perfectly tempered the sweetness of the cake and the icing on the outside. I have a wire cake cutter with which I can level the rounded tops of my baked cakes and this is very important when you want to stack them. This cake is a rather tall 16cm (an average 2 layer cake is about 10cm), not counting the height of the babies on top!

Do you remember the sugar paste babies I made? They were for my sister’s rainbow cake! I made a snail baby as well and this is what it looked like before it was cut.

7 layer rainbow cake

And this is what it looked like inside! All the colours are represented- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet!

7 layer rainbow cake

And this is what a slice looked like!

7 layer rainbow cake slice