Today we’re starting a new weekly series! For years, you’ve been sending in your questions. Asking for tips and advice on anything and everything baking related. For years, I’ve tried to respond to as many of your questions as possible. I’m honored that you would even ask me! But I have to admit that I struggle to keep up with the sheer volume of your emails. So I thought it would be fun (and beneficial for all) if we started to address some of the most commonly asked questions here on the blog. Each week we’ll feature a new baking tip, trick or technique to officially kick off the conversation. Then, it’s your turn to chime in! Our little community is filled with talented bakers and an abundance of knowledge… from which we can all learn and grow. And we’d love to hear your thoughts! So let’s get chatting about this first Tip of the Week!
So let’s start at the very beginning. One of the first and most important steps for creating great cakes….
The best cakes start with room temperature ingredients. Plain and simple. Butter, eggs, and liquids should all be at room temperature before you even begin. You will seriously see better results with all of your recipes.
Too often, my window of baking opportunity arrives only to find my ingredients still in the fridge. Cold, cold, cold. I’m sure I can’t be the only one with this problem. So here are some quick and easy ways to cheat and bring your ingredients to room temperature, asap!
- Place eggs in a bowl and cover with lukewarm water. Do this when you first enter the kitchen. Then get out your other ingredients, pans, etc. Your eggs will be ready when you’re ready!
- Cut butter into small cubes. Lay out cubes in a single layer on a plate or board. The room-temp process will happen much faster.
- Or, place butter between sheets of wax paper and pound with rolling pin.
- Use a cheese grater to cut up your cold butter. This works on frozen butter too!
- Still not fast enough for you? Place the entire stick of butter in the microwave for 5 seconds on 50% power. Rotate stick and microwave again. 5 second intervals helps ensure that you don’t end up with a puddle of melted butter. Every microwave is different, but four intervals (for a total of 20 seconds) gives me the perfect consistency.
- Microwave on 50% power in 15 second intervals until room temperature.
Do you have a favorite way to bring ingredients to room temperature? Share it with us!