The Life of a Cake (Part 3)

Its been a while!  I’ve been so busy with cake orders recently that I have not had a moment to get on here to blog.  Though, being a mum, its not just work that has filled every minute of the day.  I sometimes feel like I need a big sign for the back of my chair that says ‘I’m out at work, ask your Dad or do it yourself’. Its not that the family don’t take my work seriously but because I am ‘there’ that makes me available to hunt for lost items, help with homework, make meals etc and there are all the usual chores that need doing.  Anyway enough whinging on to Part 3.

The design has been decided on, I have everything I need to complete the order, its on to making the cake.

If possible I like to prepare my tin(s) and ingredients the night before I’m going to make a cake.  It means I can get on with baking early in the day and that the ingredients have come to room temperature.  First I line my tins in accordance with the instructions in my recipes from Quaint Cakes (see the Recipes post for link to the website).  Next I’ll prepare the ingredients, I’ll weigh out the castor sugar and margarine into a bowl.  Personally, I find using butter in my cakes makes them too rich so I use block margarine instead which seems to work well in the recipes I use. In a separate bowl I’ll weigh out the flour, add the baking powder and cocoa powder if its a chocolate cake.  I’ll get the eggs out of the fridge the night before I’m going to bake but leave them in the shells until the morning.

In the morning, I’ll turn on the oven and start mixing.  Once the batter is ready I’ll get it straight in the prepared tin(s) and then its into the oven.  Which, depending on the size of the cake, gives me several hours to kill.  If I’m not too busy that is my time to catch up on other chores or to sit down with a cup of tea and a good book or work on my next blog post!

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