8 ways to bake that perfect cake!

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Let me tell you what a baker’s real nightmare is, ‘where is my mixing spoon? Goodness gracious, my cake’s about to burn, how do I get it out?! Oh gee! Where is the base altogether?!’ So on and so forth. One can easily get paranoid during the baking process, but being organized is the key.

We’ve handpicked 8 of the most useful equipment that’s worth investing and incredibly useful while baking. 

1. Cooking Thermometer:  Temperature soars quickly while baking, if you are off by a degree or two, it will simply sully the taste altogether. A cooking thermometer provides accurate readings that help you to bake your cake at a precision point. It has a pointed head with an electronic reading in the centre that gives exact temperatures just by injecting it to the cake.

2. Measuring units: Ask any baker and they will tell you that success in baking is all about getting the quantity of ingredients right. Measuring spoons and cups saves a lot of guess work while baking. They have printed measuring scales on them that makes your biscuits or cookies taste just the way you want. Whether it’s liquid or dry, it calculates the exact amount of ingredients in the cake, that makes you go yummmm…

3. Electric-beater. Have you ever experienced eating a muffin that has a potential to injure someone if you throw at them? One of the many advantages of this modern kitchen appliances is that it avoids the traditional kneading and whisking. An electric-beater mixes and finely ferments the eggs, flour, milk etc. easily and avoids froth formation. End result, is a thick preparation that will make a fluffier and a softer cake.

4. Spatula: Though there are different types of spatula, while baking you need the ones that are used for mixing and icing (decoration). A wooden scapula has a flexible silicon blade that is used for whisking and scraping the ingredients in and around the bowl. On the other hand a palette knife or a frosting spatula, with their edgy blades helps in frosting or decorating your cake.  

5. Baking Tray:
Whether you bake a batch of biscuits, smiley cupcakes or an apple pie, you need a solid platform that prevents your confectioneries from slipping, sliding or sticking. A flat rectangular baking tray has a non-sticky coating that ensures that your pastry rolls or fruit jelly doesn’t get stuck even at an extreme temperature.

6. Baking Gloves: Would you want to end up with a first-degree burn while baking? Don’t be a hero and get a pair of baking gloves. It’s not pricey, convenient to store and is heat resistant.

7. Piping Bag:
A piping bag makes pretty borders around your Dutch truffles or chocolate soufflé. It helps you in decorating floral, lacing, spiral or outlining, on the cake.

8. Baking Parchment: It will prevent the formation of moisture in and around the cooking tray. It easily fits on the cake tin too since it’s a silicon paper. It’s non sticky and will keep the materials in place. ..

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.