Do you know the best way to mix cake batter for the type of cake you’re about to bake?
Specific techniques are involved to create a superior cake in every category. You don’t have to go to cooking school to learn them
You know the quality of the ingredients you use is important, along with the temperature and consistency of each at the time of mixing. But the order in which you add ingredients and the speed of your mixer also affect the final product’s taste and consistency. It’s more than a science — it’s an art.
Depending on what you want to taste when the oven timer dings, you’ll want to use one of four ways to mix cake batter.
1. The Creaming Method
The creaming method is the most common for mixing cake batter. It incorporates plenty of air into the dough and helps it rise, creating a stable, yet tender, finished product.
All ingredients should be at room temperature for best results. Start by beating the butter and sugar together, then add eggs one at a time. Alternate adding dry and wet ingredients and scrape the bowl to ensure everything is mixing evenly.
2. Reverse Creaming
The reverse creaming method, also called the “paste” mixing method, is another common way to mix cake batter. It results in a moist, sturdy cake that’s ideal for slicing and stacking.
First, beat soft butter and lukewarm liquids into the dry ingredients until the batter is crumbly. Next, slowly add milk. Then beat in eggs one at a time. The batter will be thicker than with the creaming method.
3. The Blended Way
Blending ingredients is the primary way to mix cake batter out of a box or for a cake batter that has much more liquid than other types. All ingredients are added to the mixer bowl, then additional liquids are added one at a time. This is a common method used in commercial kitchens because it’s faster and easier to manage.
4. Creating Light, Airy Foam
A foam cake, such as angel food cake, is created using a special mixing technique. Whip egg whites to incorporate as much air as possible, adding cream of tartar as needed to give the mix stability. Next, gently add flour and continue to lightly whisk to give the batter volume.
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