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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in BettyBecca Bakes, Kitchen Tools | 0 comments

Is it done yet?

Cake Testers

This question is the equivalent of the road trip icon, “Are we there yet?”

Old school wisdom has us put a toothpick or knife into the center of a cake, and if it comes out clean, then the cake is done. I read somewhere recently, that if you wait this long, your cake is probably overdone.

I’ll stick with what my grandmother and mother taught me, thank you. I have these nifty little sticks to test the doneness of cakes. With a little help from Google, I learned that they’re made from “broom corn,” and that this method is an Amish tradition (as is making brooms).

Alternative testing methods include

  • The jiggle method (if the cake is set in the center and does not jiggle, then it’s done)
  • The nose knows (when your house is filled with a wonderful aroma, then it’s done)*
  • Check the internal temperature (I had to do this on the old King Cake because it was as raw as could be on the inside, and I had no other way of checking on it.)
*This method saved me this weekend when I was making the 2-Tiered Cake when my 8″ layers finished cooking a full 7 minutes under my low-ball estimate timer. Thanks, nose!
I blame dark pans. *Goes to leave herself a Post-It in the pans as a warning for next time*

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