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decrease by 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon.

3. Bring eggs and butter to room temperature

20. Set a timer. You can set it 5 minutes less than the recipe calls for. Peaking that late in the process will not make the cake fall.

11. Only liquid ingredients are measured in glass measuring cups. Glass measuring cups have lines drawn to designate the amount (ie. 1/3 cup, 1 cup, 2 cups, etc.). You measure small amounts of liquids (ie. Vanilla extract) with measuring spoons. They should be filled to the rim. It's a good idea to have at least two sets of measuring spoons, one for dry (salt, baking soda) and one set for liquid.

2. Use fresh ingredients

* For each cup of sugar, decrease by 1-2 tablespoons.

8. Use paper liners when making cupcakes as this provides ease in decorating and clean-up.

A Great Cake is Moist and Flavorful!

13. For extra moist cakes (and muffins), add 1 Tablespoon of sour cream to your batter.

23. When cakes are ready, remove from oven and place on cooling racks on kitchen counter. Set timer for 10 minutes. Do not disturb the cakes.

We were walked against a very brisk, cold wind on our way back to the ship so getting back on board and into the warmth of the enclosed spaces felt wonderful. We will be here until 8:30 p.m. tonight and then will sail out of Lynn Canal over to Icy Point Strait/Hoonah where we will be tomorrow. It is only about 95 miles from here so will not take us long to get there. We have heard several people talking about seeing lots of whales in Icy Point Strait - so we are keeping our fingers crossed that we get to see some as well.Travelogue from Hoonah/Icy Point Strait and Sitka Well - our wonderful vacation is coming to an end...

19. Some ovens require you to change from pre-heat setting to bake setting. If this is required, please do so. Preheat uses both the top and bottom heat elements and baking only uses the bottom. So if you don't want to scorch the top of your cake, be sure to set the oven on BAKE.

6. Grease the pans with shortening. Take a small sheet of waxed paper and wrap it around your index and middle finger. Dig into the shortening and apply same to the cake pan. You need quite a bit of shortening-make it look like white layer of cold cream on your face. Be sure to get right into the edges so the cake won't stick. [DO NOT GREASE OR FLOUR ANGEL FOOD CAKE PANS]

10. Dry ingredients are measured with dry measuring cups and spoons. Dry measuring cups look like small bowls and there is one for each amount. (ie. ? cup). When you measure dry ingredients, overfill the cup while holding it over your container. Then run a knife over the top of the cup to level the ingredient with the absolute top rim of the dry measuring cup. Use this same technique with measuring spoons when you are measuring dry ingredients like baking powder, baking soda, salt.

21. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR, until the timer goes off. If you open an oven door while a cake is rising Lunettes de soleil Ray Ban, the cold air from the kitchen will rush in and cause the cake to collapse.

9. Gather and measure all ingredients before you start mixing. Use medium bowl for flour and small bowls or containers for salt, baking soda, extracts etc.

12 Oakley Großhandel. When measuring margarine or butter use the measuring guide located on the stick wrapper and cut evenly. Then let it come to room temperature. If you are using margarine or butter from a tub, it's a good idea to place a small piece of saran wrap inside the measuring cup and then spoon the butter (or shortening) into the cup, this makes for easy clean-up.

a. If using two pans, try to get the batter evenly distributed between the two pans. Some cooks use a measuring cup to evenly distribute between the two pans, but that takes time. You do need the two pans to have approximately the same amount of batter so that they will rise and cook the same in the same oven.

4. Preheat oven-make sure rack is close to center (with exception of Angel Food cakes which need the rack at lowest position).

* For each teaspoon of baking powder or baking soda, decrease by 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon.

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14. Follow your recipe for the order in which to mix your ingredients. Very few recipes say to dump all ingredients in at once. Often, you need to beat in eggs one at a time on low speed.

Experiment with different combinations. All adjustments may not be necessary.

* For each cup of flour, increase by 1 tablespoon. Add an additional egg to rich cakes to prevent them from falling.

1. Choose recipe and read thoroughly. If there are any terms you are unfamiliar with, check them out on the Internet.

22. Cake is ready when the sides have gently separated from the sides of the pan. Best test is to stick a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, cake is ready. If there is batter stuck to the toothpick, return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Test until toothpick comes out clean. [Pull the rack with the cake pans halfway out of the oven, then test. ]

* For each cup of fat, decrease by 1-2 tablespoons.

18. Carefully, put cake pans in the pre-heated oven.

7. Flour the pans. Take about 1/4 cup of flour and sprinkle it over the shortening. Pick up the pan and hit the sides so the flour will distribute equally. You want the flour to adhere to the shortening, but you don't want mounds of flour. Toss the excess in the sink. Repeat with additional pans.

17. Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pans. Use a rubber spatula to scrape as much of the batter from the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl and beaters as possible. Smooth out the batter so that it reaches the sides of the prepared cake pans.

* Try increasing baking temperature 15-25 degrees to "set" the batter.

* For each cup of liquid, increase by 2-4 tablespoons.

16. Use a sturdy wooden spoon for adding in ingredients like chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruit. Take a few tablespoons of flour and mix with the dried fruit. This will prevent dried fruit from sticking together.

It just seems like yesterday that we were packing and getting ready to start this vacation. Oh well...all good things must come to an end - and so it is with us Lunettes de soleil Oakley Outlet. We tendered in to the small Indian village of Hoonah which is on Port Frederich and walked out to the tip of the island where there was a fire built and a Hoonah Indian tending to the fire. As we stepped on shore we were each given a cedar chip of wood which had a poem and we were told to put the chip in the fire for good luck and a safe journey home. Then, we walked to the very end of the island where the landing for the zip line adventure was. We could see the people coming down the 5300 foot zip line (longest in the world) and landing on the beach.

15. Use an electric mixer, if at all possible. It is much better at mixing your ingredients than you can do by hand. Mixing by hand in a large mixing bowl is possible, but it takes at least 300 beats to properly mix a cake. When you can see no flour or dry ingredient, your cake batter is properly mixed. Stop the mixer occasionally to scrape the batter from the sides of the mixing bowl. An electric mixer will do your work in two to three minutes.

25. Cool THOROUGHLY before frosting. When you place the palm of your hand on the cake, and it feels cool, you are ready to decorate. It may take 30 minutes to cool.

a. An exception to the dry measure technique is when you are measuring brown sugar. You must compact the brown sugar in the dry measuring cup by mashing it with your hand into the bottom of the dry measuring cup. Fill it to the top and scrape off excess with a knife.

5. Be sure to use the correct cake pans. Visualize your decoration with frosting, choose cakes accordingly. Most popular birthday cakes are sheet cakes because you can write a lot of words on them. Second most popular is two round pans because cake is so much more tasty with frosting between layers. Cake pans can be round, square, sheet, tube, Bundt or cupcakes. Your recipe may suggest the best cake pans to use.

24. After 10 minutes, run a butter knife around the edge of the pan (between the pan and cake) to ensure the cake has loosened sufficiently around the edges. Place a cooling rack over the cake with one hand and gently turn the cake over with the other. If you have used enough shortening, your cake pans will lift off the cake layer easily. If not, you may have to gently shake the pans to separate them from the cake. Try not to tear the cake at this point or you will be covering your mistake with frosting.

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