Friday 27 July 2007

Sticky Fingers

Typical isn't it? You just get your hands into the dough or are painting the wall when the phone rings or the doorbell demands your attention. Keep a couple of plastic food bags beside you and slip one onto your hand. Saves the phone or the door knob getting covered in goo and also stops you dripping all over the floor.

Sunday 1 July 2007

Cutting Cake

To cut hot or warm cake use a thread or dental floss, hold both ends tightly and lower through slowly.

Splitting a cake layer: Most layer cake recipes are for two-layer cakes, but if you want to create a fancier dessert with four layers and more filling, you can split each cake layer in half. Use a ruler to measure the height of the cake layer. Insert wooden picks halfway up the side of the cake layer at 2-inch intervals.

To split the layer in half, place a 15- to 18-inch length of thread at the far side of the cake. Pull the ends of the thread together through the cake, following the line at the top of the wooden picks. Gently separate halves