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Cake Making Hacks | How to Become an Expert Baker in 5 Simple Steps!

It’ll come as no surprise to you that, here at Piglets Pantry, our favourite thing to do is bake delicious treats. If, like us, you share a passion for the sweeter things in life, we’re here to let you in on some of our favourite expert cake baking hacks. Ready to become a better baker in 5 simple steps? Pop on your apron – let’s go!

Mastering the art of baking isn’t an easy feat and can sometimes take time. If you’re looking to fill the cake-shaped hole in your heart quickly, why not treat yourself to one of our loaf cakes? Available in a variety of flavours – from carrot cake to lemon meringue – you’re sure to find the perfect inspiration for your next bake.

To find out more about our cakes, available for delivery across the UK, get in touch today. Call us on 01903 215 064 and speak to one of our passionate Piglets today.

1. Give Your Flour Some TLC!

Ever plated up a stunning-looking cake, bitten into it, and been left disappointed by the end result? Your flour could be the issue.

One of our most crucial cake mix hacks is to ensure you’re using soft flour rather than strong or bread flours. These contain a high amount of gluten and can make your sponge incredibly tough and chewy, rather than light and fluffy. If you’re able to, always opt for organic flour which hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals.

It is also essential that you store your flour in an air-tight container. If left open for too long, flour will attract flour weevils, which, let me assure you, no one wants to find in their Victoria sponge.

2. Don’t Be Afraid To Cheat! (A Little…)

When it comes to decorating your baked masterpiece, one of our favourite cake hacks involves a bit of cheating… but we promise no one will suspect a thing! 
If creative flair is something you lack, grab a set of decorative cookie cutters (we recommend pretty shapes like flowers and hearts), and place them gently on top of your freshly iced cake. Fill the cookie cutter with sprinkles until there are no visible gaps. Press down on them gently so they stick to the icing and don’t disperse when you lift the cutter and voila! It’s that simple.

If you’ve run out of frosting but still want to make your cupcakes look as delicious as they taste, we’ve got you covered. Simply place a piece of lace over the top of your cake and sieve over a dusting of icing sugar to create a pretty pattern. 

3. Caffeinate Your Bake

An indulgent chocolate cake is, quite rightly, one of the most popular bakes out there. If you want to make sure yours is the best of the best, try  this simple yet most trusted of chocolate cake hacks – you might want to pop the kettle on before we begin…

Now, I know what you’re thinking, coffee? In my chocolate cake? No, that can’t be right – but, hear us out. The bitter flavour found in coffee is known to enhance the chocolate flavour in a cake. If you want your cake to be the chocolatiest of the chocolaty, adding coffee to your bake is a must.

Cooled coffee has also been known to contribute a moist and velvety texture to your finished sponge, and could even give it a longer shelf life and richer colour. This handy cake hack really is the gift that keeps on giving!

Craving something indulgent? Why not treat yourself or someone you love to a homemade cake delivery? At Piglets Pantry, we can even create a four-tier celebration cake for those moments when you’re in need of something extra special. Get in touch today to find out more.

4. More Carbs Please

Are you sick of creating tasty bakes that end up looking a mess because you’ve forgotten to properly line your baking tin? The next of our cake baking hacks relates to how you prep.

Coat your cake tin in butter and breadcrumbs before pouring in your mixture. Not only will this add more delicious flavour and textures to your bake, but it’ll also help the cake’s edges release more easily from the tin.

5. 3 Ingredient Mini-Muffins

Boy, did we save the best till last! The last of our easy cake hacks is perfect for days when you fancy something sweet but don’t want to be slaving over a mixing bowl for hours.

All you need to do is open your cupboard and grab a jar of Nutella, a bag of flour and 4 eggs. Beat 200g of Nutella with the eggs for 2 minutes. Then, fold in 65g of plain flour and mix until combined. Divide between 12 cupcake cases, bake at 400º F for 12-15 minutes, allow to cool, and tuck in!

Inspired By Our Cake Hacks?

If reading through all those tasty cake hacks has left you with cake on the brain, why not settle those cravings by ordering one of our delicious bakes? Taste the work of expert bakers firsthand with a box of 6 beautiful handmade carrot cakes, delivered straight to your door. To find out more about our nationwide cake delivery service, get in touch. Call us on 01903 215 064 and speak to one of our talented team members today