The birthday cake is maybe one of the most important items on the birthday party list, and just watching the face of your little man or princess light up when they blow out the candles is one of the most rewarding experiences. There’s nothing quite like a homemade birthday cake to show that extra love and affection, so when the special day comes round, make sure you bake a cake yourself just for them.
Tips on Baking a Delicious Birthday Cake
To make the birthday boy or girl’s day, here are few tips to help you bake and decorate that perfect cake.
Wait for the cake to cool down before frosting
You might be tempted to start frosting the cake as soon as it comes out of the oven, but resist the temptation. If the cake is too hot, the frosting or icing can melt and slide off. In fact, even if the cake is just slightly warm, its temperature can still affect the frosting. So tip no 1 is to wait for the cake to cool completely before you start icing and arranging the design.
Don’t forget to trim the dome
Cakes will generally dome (have a hump on the top) while inside the oven. This makes it difficult for bakers to have a perfectly shaped or balanced cake, and if not attended to can waste lots of icing to cover the entire cake. So, my tip here is to trim the dome off so its flat on top, tip the cake over so the trimmed section is on the bottom, and then put on your icing.
Avoid using cold frosting
Certain types of frosting can be made ahead of time and put into the fridge until you are ready to use them, but never get in the habit of using frosting straight out of the fridge. Cold frosting is usually hard and stiff, which can damage the cake when you spread it. Take the frosting out of the fridge ahead of time and soften it at room temperature before spreading it on the cake.
Don’t slice the cake haphazardly
After taking the time and effort to bake a fantastic homemade cake for your kid’s birthday, the last thing you want to do is make a mess when you cut it. In a perfect world, we want the cake to still look great even after a few pieces have been cut. My tip here is to dip the knife in hot water and dry it off after each slice. This will help prevent the knife from dragging through the cake and make a mess.
Patience is Key
Baking kids cakes is a fun, yet challenging activity. To make sure that yours will look and taste great, follow the simple tips above. Don’t rush and enjoy your masterpiece.