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Cakes

Perfect Pound Cake

For perfect pound cake, first bring all ingredients to room temperature. Thoroughly cream the butter (no substitutes) until light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat for 5-7…

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Problem-Solving Pointers for Butter Cakes

Cake has a Sunken Center

Oven temperature was too low. Check temperature with an oven thermometer.

Cake was underbaked, resulting in a sticky layer in the center of the cake under the top…

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Problem-Solving Pointers for Cheesecakes

The Cheesecake has Lumps

The cream cheese was not softened before mixing and/or was not thoroughly blended before adding the eggs.

The Cheesecake has a Cracked Top

The batter was…

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Problem-Solving Pointers for Foam Cakes

Cake is Heavy and Dense

Oven temperature was too low. Check temperature with an oven thermometer.

Didn't use large eggs.

Ingredients were folded in too vigorously.

Eggs were…

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Properly Storing Cakes

Cover and store butter cakes for 2 to 3 days and foam cakes for 2 days at room temperature. Cakes with fillings or frosting that contain perishable ingredients (such as cream cheese, yogurt,…

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Removing Tube Cakes from Pans

Fluted tube pans should be well greased and floured before adding the batter. After the cake tests done, transfer the pan to a wire rack and allow to cool for only 10 minutes before removing the…

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Secrets for Successful Butter Cakes

Use butter, stick margarine (with at least 80% oil) or shortening. The fat should be softened (at room temperature), meaning it is pliable when touched. Whipped, tub, soft, liquid or reduced-fat…

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Secrets for Successful Cheesecake

Measure ingredients accurately, using the measuring tools and techniques suggested.

Before preheating the oven, arrange the oven racks so that the cheesecake will bake in the center of the…

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Secrets for Successful Frosting

Always sift confectioners' sugar before using it for frosting. If there are any lumps in the sugar, there will be lumps in the frosting, which will clog decorating tips.

Frosting needs to…

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Stacking Layer Cakes

Stacking a layer cake can be tricky because each layer typically has a little “crown” or dome in the center. To make a uniformly shaped cake, you’ll need to remove a thin slice from the top of…

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