Christmas Cake recipeswould take you into a world of flour, dried fruits, rum and what not. Why not make a deviation this year and try some fruit cakes too. Something new with the traditional, it always works. I have also some of you asking for baking tips.
So here goes:
To make a cake spongier and better
Always keep the oven preheated while making any cake.
If you are making a fatless sponge then the secret lies in beating the eggs with the sugar to the stage where the batter forms ribbons when you pour it.
In the case of a cake with fat, the lightest cake would be one with even and small texture so ensure that you beat the butter and sugar well till light and creamy. Bake as soon as the batter is ready. Do not make the batter too thin.
In case of cake without eggs, make the batter using drinking soda and soda bicarbonate both. It aerates the cake well.
Which icing works where?
Fresh cream icing is best on light sponges with fruits.
Thick chocolate glazed icing is best on rich chocolate cakes.
Butter cream icing is favoured for birthday cakes where you need to use different colours and nozzle designs. Invest in disposable icing bags.
Any cake is best iced in a cool room, away from the direct breeze of the fan.
Why does a cake go flat?
If the baking powder and/or soda bicarbonate is not fresh and therefore not very effective.
If the batter is overly thin, then also the cake does not rise too well.
If the temperature is too high in the oven, the cake rises quickly and seems to be done but the inside is uncooked and hence cake falls flat when you remove it from oven.
If the cake tin is too large for the quantity of batter, you will get a flat cake.
Christmas cake recipes are best preserved in your diary. Get your recipes perfected with every passing year.
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