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Beginners Baking Kit 

30 Apr

For all you new bakers out there who aren’t sure where to begin, this is a guide to get you going. This “kit” is geared towards someone who doesn’t bake regularly or who is just getting into baking.

Bowls

You will of course need bowls. Multiple ones of varying sizes. You will need at least one large bowl to hold your batter, a couple of small ones to hold small portions of ingredients and a couple medium sized ones.

Measuring spoons and cups

These are a must. They are useful for measuring liquids and powders and fortunately are very easy to come by. Most supermarkets, hardware stores even craft stores sell them and they can be extremely affordable.

Scale

A digital scale is a personal must have recommendation. I did not own one of these when I first got into baking, I actually ended up buying it at the suggestion of my nutritionist but it came in handy for so much more than measuring servings of almonds. Scales can give exact weights which is necessary for successful baking. Make sure your scale can convert between units (oz/kg).

Mixers

Hand Mixer

This is where you can end up spending some big bucks, but you don’t have to. For someone who is now beginning or maybe doesn’t plan to do a lot of Baking I recommend a hand mixer over a stand mixer.  Stand mixers are fabulous but they are a big commitment. They typically cost at least a couple hundred dollars, they require care and maintenance and they take up lots of space. So start small. Hand mixers are typically affordable,  portable and easy to store and they get most baking projects done with ease.

Whisk

A whisk is a must and you probably already own one. If you can’t afford a hand mixer a whisk will work nut obviously requires more effort. Moreover, whisks are useful for more specific techniques where you may not need ingredients beat together. Whisks are affordable and easily found in supermarkets and hardware stores.

Utensils

There are numerous baking utensils you can find yourself buying. But for the basics you really only need three things. A spatula, a spoon and a palette knife or offset spatula.
Spatula

A spatula is useful for scraping down batter, getting batter out of bowls and for folding ingredients.

Spoon

The need for a spoon is self-explanatory and most people have spoons laying around.

Off set spatula 

This nifty little tool comes in handy for decorating. If you are Icing a cake it helps to smooth the icing over the top and around the sides.

Baking ware

One cannot bake without baking ware. Lol. The type of Bakeware you chose to buy depends on what you plan to bake. For example,  if you plan to make bread and loaves you need a loaf pan and if you are a muffin lover you’ll need a pan for that too. I have a few basic suggestions.

Circular tin

For your basic cake making you cannot go wrong with a circular tin. My one pro tip is get a spring form tin, one you can release and remove the bottom out of for easier removal.

Square pan

This is useful for baking brownies, blondies and other bar type baked goods.

Cupcake tin 

Cupcakes and muffins are also pretty basic baking territory and for that,  you’ll need a cupcake tin.

Baking sheet

This is great for baking cookies and other flat baked goods.

These are the basics for getting started in baking. Let me know if you have any other basic baking essentials that I left off and have an awesome day.

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Rainbow Cupcakes for Sunday Brunch

30 Jul

Hey there, so this is my first post ever and I’m both nervous and excited! Let me dive right in. I love entertaining, and this Easter was no exception. I hosted a little brunch for 5 of us and one of the tasty delights included rainbow cupcakes. We could have gone out to eat or we could have ordered cupcakes from a bakery but when on a budget, you do it yourself! I know a lot of people are doing rainbow cakes these days but here is my account of it with a few pics I took (as if anticipating that I’d someday blog about it). Hope you enjoy!Image

These are the cupcake liners I used. They are silicone therefore totally re-useable and green (I always try when I can). I tend to use these if I know I’ll only be making a few cupcakes (I only have 12). It added to the effect that they were also rainbow coloured.Image

The batter

1) Mix some plain white cake batter – In a later attempt I flavoured some of the different colours because my sister said it tasted too plain(too vanilla).

2) Divide into equal portions. I did 5 colours in this batch so I divided it into 5 parts. I poured each portion into a plastic cup so I could see that they were equal.

3) Colour each portion as you see fit. I used neon food colouring here. You can use whatever colours you want and as few or as many as you wish. Make sure they are WELL mixed (unless you want the marbled effect)

4) After the colour was added I put each portion into a sandwich bag, tied it off and cut a small hole at one of the corners. This way I could pipe the batter into the cupcake cases.

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This is the batter after it has been piped.

1) Start with one colour and squeeze enough of it into the cupcake case to cover the bottom

2) Squeeze your second colour on top of the first, you don’t need to cover the colour below, it will spread.

3) Continue like this until each case has a layer of each colour

4) Give the cases a little shake just to spread the layers of batter over each other. Don’t shake them too much or you’ll lose your layer definition.Image

Bake until done then let them cool off. I think they are pretty gorgeous even without frosting!

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Speaking of which…..I made my favourite/default cream cheese frosting which is basically softened cream cheese,butter and icing sugar with a touch of vanilla essence blended to preferred taste and consistency.Image

A cross section.This was actually from a dummy batch and it was kind of flat, (the real batch was way better) but I was able to demonstrate the layers using it.Image

Iced with cream cheese frosting. I did an off white base then I marbled a bit of it with a mix of colors and used a star tip to put some decorative touches on top and finished off with sprinkles.

These cupcakes were relatively easy to make and gorgeous to look at. They added that nice whimisical-esque touch to our brunch without breaking the bank.

Have an awesome day!

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