It is always exciting to welcome a birthday, both for children and adults. When it comes to birthday, there is one main element that cannot be missed, which is, the birthday cake. Speaking of the cake, there are two options people can avail. First, they can simply buy a birthday cake at a bakery. Or, for an alternative, people can always make the birthday cake themselves. Needless to say, the latter option always has a more special meaning when compared to simply buying the cake. Speaking of making the cake yourself, these tips below may help you bake the perfect birthday cake ever.
First of all, you need to heat your oven to the proper temperature. It cannot be too cold or too hot. Most of the time, preheating the oven for approximately fifteen minutes should be enough. It is important to keep in mind that you need to be accurate while baking a cake. Ingredients need to be measured accurately. Otherwise, the cake you bake may neither bake nor rise as it is actually supposed to.
To bake what can possibly be the best birthday cake ever, you need to be careful in picking the pans that you are going to use. In this case, you will have to pay careful attention to what is said in the recipe. Some pans, unfortunately, do not have measurements printed on them. In this case, you need to measure the width as well as length of the pan from one inside edge to the other. If your pan is too large, you may end up with a flat cake. On the other hand, if your pan is too small, the batter may overflow. If you are trying to bake a tender cake, you need to use a pan which reflects heat. Shiny pans are often the best choice here.
The next thing you have to do in baking a birthday cake is to mix the batter. For this purpose, you can always make use of an electric mixer. Yet, you need to make sure that you do not set the mixer to a speed too high, otherwise your cake may end up splattering all over places. For the best result possible, it is highly recommended that you use butter. For products other than butter, you need to make sure that those products come with 65% of fat at the very least.
When you are done baking your cake, what you need to do next is to cool it down and then finally remove it from the pan. It is, however, highly recommended that you try to cool down the cake in the pan but this should not last for more than ten minutes. If you forget about your cake and you leave it cooling in the pan past ten minutes, you may as well heat it again in the oven for about a minute.
Last but not least, what you have to do is to decorate your birthday cake. After all, what is a birthday cake without decorations, right? You have quite a few options for this, such as, using fresh fruit, edible flowers, candies and frosted animal crackers, among others.