Here are a few random tips for baking a cake:
Choose your pan sizes wisely.
I used to bake two 9×13 cakes and put them together to make one large cake. It works, except EVERY TIME one would be taller than the other. I finally caved about a year ago and bought a large Wilton cake pan. It is easier and the cake looks better. It cost about $16. If you divide it up by the number of times I will use it, it will cost me pennies per time of use. Less stress is worth the cost!
Make sure you have all the ingredients ahead of time.
Sounds obvious, right? Well, I, ahem, have run out of powdered sugar or shortening one or two times. Always make sure you have plenty. Then get a little more. The last thing you want to do is stop making the cake and make a grocery store run.
Check to see what props you have at home before you buy.
I know I mentioned that tip before, but it is worth repeating. You can decorate a cake by using the toys, objects or craft items you have at home. It will save you money. Chances are, the decorations you already have at home will work just fine.
Remember your cake doesn’t have to look perfect. It’s about having fun. It’s about your children and their birthday. Someday your cake may look professional quality. I know I hope mine do. In the meantime, I will make cakes for my children, improve every time and watch their smiles of happiness.
I hope you enjoyed the baking cake series. If you have any questions, please contact me.