Friday, May 21

Tips for Baking a Cake

The below tips were (sadly) learned from experience. Pretty sure I did nearly all of these things wrong on my first attempt at baking a birthday cake. 

1. Cream the butter alone. Then add the sugar and cream together. This is a genius tip from my mom that makes a big difference. And, also: cream the butter and sugar together until there is no gritty feeling remaining. That's harder than it sounds; even with a hand-held mixer, a person can get bored of mixing.

2. Add the eggs to the creamed butter & sugar one at a time. For maximum aeration!

3. Don't overbeat. Once you're at the stage of mixing the dry ingredients & milk into the butter/sugar/egg mix, mix ingredients just enough to incorporate. 

4. When you're alternating dry ingredients and milk, end with the milk as your last step.  I assume this means start with the dry ingredients. 


5. Prepare your pans correctly. The parchment paper? It's worth it. The butter? Use as much as you can. And then more.

Tuesday, May 18

Bike & Bread

Spotted on West 15th Street, walking crosstown in the rain.