Clever and useful tips for your kitchen.
You will need either a cake tester, a thin metal skewer or a thin bamboo skewer. Stick it into the center of your cake, muffin, cupcake or slice. Take it out and then run it between your fingers to see if it is still sticky. If the skewer comes out clean it is ready. If wet batter is sticking to it then you need to bake it for a little longer – add another 5 minutes and then test again. read less
- Cut a shallow cone-shaped piece out of the top of a cupcake, leaving about a 1cm border.
- Cut the piece of cake in half.
- Spoon a little whipped or thick cream or mascarpone and then some jam into the hole to fill.
- Arrange the two pieces of cake into the jam to from wings. top side up and round edges facing outwards.
- Dust with icing sure if you wish
Always store your eggs in the fridge in an egg carton with the rounded end down. This will not only help them from loosing moisture and becoming stale quickly but it will also stop the eggs from absorbing other flavours from the fridge through their porous shells.read less
Don't throw vanilla beans once you have scraped out the seeds – there is still a lot of flavour contained within the pod. Instead add them to a jar of sugar - over time it will give it a subtle vanilla flavour ready to impart into your baking.