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How To Make Fruit Cake – 5 Valuable Tips | Baking Class Malaysia

Baking The Perfect Fruit Cake Everyone who loves fruit cake will surely agree that the perfect one is full of surprises, best to eat after dinner along with fresh tea and deeply spiced. Fruit cakes refer to dense and heavy cakes with relatively low flour content and have plenty of mixed dried fruits. P erfectly baked ones are those that mature for a minimum of one month. Cakes solely baked using dried foods can be expected to last for a few weeks to a month. Here are 5 of the most helpful tips for baking the perfect fruit cake if you are interested in baking one: 1. Plan ahead A perfectly baked fruit cake is one which has been made early. There are experts in baking who suggest preparing the recipe eight weeks ahead of its scheduled serving date. There are even others who claim that its taste can improve when stored at the right place for a year. 2. Make sure that the batter is heavy enough This tip is essential especially when planning to prepare dense fruitcakes like a Christmas cake. It is essential for your prepared batter to be heavy enough since this ensures the proper suspension of dried fruits and nuts into it. Note that if your batter is too thin, there is a tendency for the dried fruits to sink into the bottom. 3. Bake slowly using a low temperature Keep in mind that one of the challenges in baking fruit cakes arise from the extreme sweetness of dried fruits that tend to become bitter, when using an overly high oven temperature. A wise tip is to use a low temperature (preferably around 250 to 350 degrees) when baking the [...]

By | 2017-05-25T13:13:47+00:00 October 29th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Buttercream Cake Decorating – 4 Simple Tips For Home Bakers

Buttercream Cake Decorating Ideas Mastering all the intricacies involved in decorating cakes usually takes a lot of time. This means that even veteran cake designers are continually on the phase of acknowledging and discovering new tricks and techniques in creating easy yet appealing designs. For those who are presently searching for the best buttercream decorating ideas, the following tips will surely be of great help to them: 1. Give the Icing the Right Consistency If the icing's consistency is not right, then there is a high tendency for its decorations to go wrong, as well. Adding some drops of liquid into the icing can deliver better results in decorating. To ensure that your icing has the right consistency, be aware that there are a few factors that affect it. These include the temperature, baking equipment used, ingredients and humidity. Using a wide range of icing consistencies, when it comes to decorating, is also vital in finding which one is suitable for your buttercream cake recipes. As a general rule, consider adding confectioners sugar when experiencing difficulties creating your preferred decorations. This is also a wise move if your icing is excessively thin. For icing which is too thick, consider adding liquid into the mixture. 2. Research About the Different Types of Icing Using the correct icing for your cake is essential in getting your desired decorations. Remember that while there are icings that work perfectly for soft colours, there are also others that work for bright ones. There are also certain types that dry hard in advance, which supports ease in decoration. When choosing the right icing for your cake and its decorations, consider a few factors such as the texture, climate and flavour of [...]

By | 2017-05-25T12:59:56+00:00 October 19th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

How to Make Fondant Icing In 4 Easy Steps

Simple Fondant Icing For Cakes Covering cakes with fondant icing is one of the most exciting parts of baking and decorating cakes. Cakes covered with fondant deliver a professional and smooth appearance. The good news about making a fondant cake is that it is easy to do at home. Just make sure to have enough patience so you can do constant practice until you perfect the whole procedure. A fondant is good for cakes because it is something which you can roll out, cut, produce stunning colour effects, form into various shapes and imprint designs. When decorating cakes, a wise tip is to fondant a cake using the rolled version. It refers to the easy to shape and flexible icing which helps in creating anything you wish to do with it. These include creating flower or heart cut-outs, ruffle borders and hand-shaped ball. Check out the YouTube video below for a few simple instructions on making a homemade fondant. The following are 4 valuable tips on how to fondant a cake: 1. Gather the Required Ingredients A standard nine or ten-inch cake requires around 2 pounds of fondant in order to cover it. When buying a fondant, make sure to get the rolled one, instead of the pouring version. Making your own is also favourable because it allows using your preferred ingredients. Aside from the fondant, a cake covered with a buttercream layer is also useful in the process. This is a frosting layer which is useful in allowing your prepared fondant to stick into the cake and prevent any imperfections and bumps into the surface. This results to obtaining a clean, smooth and professional-looking fondant layer. Other ingredients needed are vegetable shortening and cornstarch. [...]

By | 2017-05-25T13:10:21+00:00 October 8th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

6 Essential Baking Tools | Baking Class Malaysia

Essential Baking Tools You’ll Need In Your Kitchen For those who wish to start baking, there are a few tools that they need to gather in order to make the whole baking process easy. Gathering the right tools needed in the kitchen to start baking can make the process less than complicated. Check out the YouTube video below for the tools you'll need when you are baking in your kitchen. Here is a list of 6 essential baking tools that your kitchen must have: 1. Measuring Spoons and Cups These are essential for baking because these eliminate the guesswork regarding the amount of ingredients needed for your recipes. Using measuring cups and spoons is crucial for accuracy. This results to achieving the right balance of ingredients, thereby leading to a delicious baked product. 2. Baking Pans Commonly used sizes for baking pans include the 8 and ½ inches by 4 and ½ inches, and 9-inch by 5-inch pan. When buying baking pans, remember that the shiny ones have the tendency of reflecting heat which results to long baking times. Using shiny pans also result to getting lighter crusts than breads that are baked using dark pans capable of absorbing heat. There are also specialized pans that are useful for specialty and French breads. 3. Mixing Bowls These tools are useful in the kitchen whether planning to bake on a regular basis or only on certain occasions. A minimum of two large-sized mixing bowls is essential for your kitchen. There are numerous options for mixing bowls since these are available in various materials including stainless, ceramic, glass and plastic. A wise tip is to go for one which provides enough room to mix ingredients. The good [...]

By | 2017-05-25T11:13:24+00:00 October 7th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Baking Bloggers In Malaysia | List Of Malaysian Down To Earth Writers

Baking Bloggers And Writers In Malaysia On this page, I am creating a list of Malaysian writers and bloggers that wrote about the joy of baking on their web sites and blogs. Most of the writers are not professional bakers, but normal Malaysian just like you and me. One thing is for sure, they love to bake and have a true passion for it! It takes a lot of time and effort to take pictures of the baking process, upload the pictures into the web sites, post the pictures one at a time on the page and then write a description on each and every pictures taken. The entire process takes a lot of time and very tedious, I know because I am currently doing the same thing. If they don't have a love and passion for baking, I don't think they will bother keeping a journal and sharing their personal baking experience with everyone on the internet. Some of the writers do run a small / home based business. Meaning they take online orders from their web site, bake the cakes themselves and then delivery the cakes to their customers. One thing is for sure, the cakes they made are unique and done with a lot of tender loving care. The quality, design and I bet the taste is much better compared to factory and production line produced cakes that you'll find the bakery shop. The list below are not in any particular order. As I find new Malaysian writers, I will update the list. 1) Emily's Cooking Foray Writer's Name: Mdm Emily Chiam Note: Mdm Chiam wrote more than just her baking experience, as you can see on her blog, she included a lot [...]

By | 2017-05-25T11:20:08+00:00 September 29th, 2013|Blog|2 Comments