When baking with sticky ingredients such as honey or corn syrup. Spray your measuring cup with nonstick spray before adding in the honey. The sticky honey will slide right out!
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Choosing The Right Mixer
for Cake Recipes

Gone are the days when a recipe called for so many strokes (by hand), with a large spoon around and around the bowl when mixing a cake. Choosing the right mixer for cake batter of any sort.Mixer, mix up cake batter, choose the right mixer
So, whether you’re mixing a box cake recipe with only three easy steps, or whipping up one of Granny’s favorite homemade and healthy recipes, you’d be wise to use a modern day electric mixer. Not only is it much quicker, but it also is the way to be certain all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together leaving batter smooth and without lumps of dry flour or mix.

On today’s market, you have plenty of choices as to which mixer would work best in your kitchen, according to how much cooking and baking you intend to do. Caterers, chefs, and bakers choose heavy-duty, freestanding, bowl-mixers. But for the everyday housewife’s kitchen, a simple hand mixer or wand is sufficient and much less expensive.

Many new cooks wonder why today’s recipes list the speed and minutes one should use a mixer to blend batters thoroughly yet not over beat…The answer is simple; UNDER MIXING can result in batter being lumpy and ingredients not properly mixed together, while OVER MIXING with electric beaters can, and will, cause unwanted amounts of air to be added to batter leaving the finished cake full of holes. (Holy cakes may be suitable for church services or gun rallies, but not so for a family wanting to just savor the sweet taste of a nice piece of cake.)

If you are more into mixing heavier batters, such as: cookie dough, candies, or nut based bars and squares, then you will have to buy the expensive, baker-equipped mixers with paddles and such, or do as generations before have done― use good old elbow grease. In other words, start stirring!
Choosing the Right Cake Mixer for You
As mentioned above, there are three basic mixers to choose from…

a) Stand Mixer… expensive and mainly for professional use.
b) Hand Mixer… most common and capable in home kitchens
c) Wand Mixer… for light mixing only

Each cook/homemaker needs to know their particular uses of an electric mixer before making a final selection. Choosing the right mixer for cake recipes is simple.

There are several brands and prices for any mixer you decide on listed below:

1) Kitchen Aid
2) Cuisinart (pronounced― quee-sin-art)
3) Hamilton Beach
4) Sunbeam
5) Black & Decker
6) Braun

The right mixer for cake recipes,
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No desserts for 20 years?
Do you pass the cake and candy sections
With some heartfelt sighs and tears?

Go ahead !! Bake those gooey
Sticky sweet forbidden things.
But first put on your jogging outfit.
Your tennis shoes and exercise fling.

Run in place while stirring;
Time your cakes with jumping jacks.
Ten deep knee bends between ingredients.
Use that kitchen for a workout track.

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Pot holders around your prize.
Jog to the nearest 90 pound neighbor
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Suppling Tips for Healthy Homemade Cakes

When Baking with Butter:

Room temperature butter in the cake batter is one of the biggest cake baking mistakes. In fact, butter must be below 68° to trap air molecules and build structure. Otherwise, the fat will liquefy and the cake will be flat. To get “cool” butter, cut the chilled butter into chunks and let it sit in a bowl for 5 minutes before beating.

When Mixing Cake Batter:

You cannot over beat the eggs, sugar and butter, but you can over beat the flour. If you do, gluten will form and you will be making a quick bread instead of layer cake. Beat the flour just until there are no visible signs of dry flour, but not until the batter is completely smooth.

Cake Flour:

Cake flour is milled from soft wheat that has a lower gluten content and higher starch content than all-purpose flour. It helps to ensure a fluffy texture in cakes and pastries. A substitute for cake flour is to use all-purpose flour, but reduce the amount by 2 tablespoons per cup.

Green Food:

The food choices that we make every day have a profound effect on the environment. From farm to spoon, growing our food, processing it and transporting it all use tremendous amounts of energy, water and chemicals. By making just a few small changes in our eating and buying habits, we can greatly reduce this impact. When we eat green, we help the environment by reducing global warming pollution and help ourselves by eating fresh and healthy food. Eat local from farmers in your own neighborhood!