How can I help?
I am often asked questions about my cakes and recipes so I thought I would set up a ‘Frequently asked Questions’ page to help you guys out. If you don’t see the answer that you’re looking for please just leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help.
1. How do I cover a cake with sugar paste and how do I get the sugar paste smooth?
It’s all about the tricks of the trade and practice, practive, practice. The more you play around with sugarpaste the more you know how it should feel. Check out this post for more details.
2. What’s a crumb coating?
A crumb coating is a layer of buttercream which you add to a cake, chill till it’s firm then add a second layer all the while making the edges neat (and more importantly hide any imperfections!) You can see how to do that in this post.
3. How long can I store a cake before eating it?
Once a cake is completely cold you can store it in an airtight wrapping for one week or freeze it for three months. For more details have a look at this post
4. How do you freeze a Madeira cake?
It’s fine and dandy to freeze a cake. Check out how I do it here
5. What ingredients do I need for a 7″/8″/9″/10″ Madeira cake?
One of the most common questions I get here on the cakesbakesandcookies.com Madiera cake post is “What amount of ingredients do I need for a rectangular cake tin/ mini cake tin/ sphere tin/ giant cupcake tin… you name it I’ve been asked it. Have a look at this post which explains how I work it out. Be warned! There’s maths involved!
and ……..just in case you wanted a small size here’s the 700ml volume mini tin ingredients
Mini Madeira cake recipe (For a cake with a volume of 700ml )
45g Butter – At room temperature
45g Margarine At room temperature
120g Caster Sugar
1tsp Vanilla essence
130g Plain Flour
1 tsp Baking powder
2tbsp Hot Water
I haven’t baked a cake of this size but I would imagine it will take around 30 minutes. Check it after 20 and then see how you go.
6. How to make a 10″ Madeira cake – step by step
I’ve been asked so many questions about how to make a 10″ Madeira cake and how to stop it doming/sinking/ taking forever to bake that I decided to write a post where I take you through each step by step process. The post is here.
7. How to use sugar syrup on a cake
This is one of the best discoveries. Sugar syrup makes a cake beautifully moist whilst creating a light, crunchy crust that’s totally delicious. Here’s the post.
8. How to stop your cake from baking too quickly on the outside
There is a clever little trick I use to stop my cakes from baking on the outside before they are baked on the inside. It’s all about wrapping the cake tin. Check out this post for more details.
9. How do I measure the volume of a cake tin?
When you have funny shaped tins or spheres you need to measure the volume of the cake tin to work out the ingredients needed for your cake. Here you can see how to measure your cake tin’s volume.
10. Do you have a recipe for a 14″ Madeira cake?
I have been asked this question quite a few times but as I don’t have a tin that big – or an oven that it would fit in, I have calculated the ingredients and timings. See the post here.
11. What size eggs should I use when baking?
This is a question I was asked a lot before I made a point of adding that detail onto my recipes. This post is all about eggs and how to use them best when baking. See the post here.
If you have a question you would like answered just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it. Thanks.