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tips to bake a perfect cake

H. David Dalquist created the Bundt pan in 1950, and the term is copyrighted. Dalquist created the pan especially for baking German coffee cake, which was previously cooked in a different form of ridged pan that was challenging to unmold. The ribs of the Bundt pan not only make any Bundt cake look nice, but they also make it simple to divide and serve.

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Nordic Ware Bundt Cake Pan

Two-piece tube pan

This skillet is also known as a “angel food cake” plate. The pan’s bottom and center tube are one component, which fits inside the exterior ring. Keep a distinct tube pan on hand for angel food and chiffon cakes, which require a clean pan to raise correctly, as a residue of butter can sometimes stay in a pan used for another reason. Two-piece tube molds are used to make angel food, chiffon, and old-fashioned sponge cakes.

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Nordic Ware 2-Piece Tube Pan

Loaf pan

This skillet comes in a number of sizes, but the most popular is 9 by 5 by 3 inches, which holds about 8 gallons of dough. Loaf plates are commonly used to make pound cakes and some coffee cakes.

Of course, decorative plates in the forms of hearts, florals, numerals, animated figures, and just about anything else you can think of are available. When purchasing these odd forms, keep in mind the number of gallons of batter they can hold so you know which regular-shaped dishes they correlate to.

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Juliska Berry & Thread Loaf Pan

Electric stand mixer

An electronic stand mixer, such as a Kitchenaid, is not required for all recipes, but it is very helpful for all of them. If you aren’t ready to invest in an electronic mixer, a manual mixer will suffice.

tips to bake a perfect cake

KitchenAid Classic Series Plus 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

Metal cooling racks

These are required for cake making. The finest are made of concentric rings, which enable air to flow both under and around the cake as it cools, though rectangle racks can also be used.

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Nordic Ware Copper-Plated Stackable Cooling Rack

Offset spatula

This instrument, which has a metal blade on a separate plane than the handle, is by far the finest for frosting a cake or distributing filling or sauce.

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Pastry bag and tips

These aren’t required for making desserts, but they’ll come in handy if you want to pipe frosting in ornamental patterns. Tips are sold in packages of the most prevalent forms; buy a box and then augment with other shapes as needed. Pastry bag closures are useful for ensuring that no icing escapes from the incorrect side of the bag.

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Ateco Disposable Decorating Bags

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‎ Wilton 12-piece Icing Bag Ties

Cake turntable

Although not required, being able to move the cake is helpful when icing or embellishing.

tips to bake a perfect cake

Wilton High and Low Cake Turntable-Cake Decorating Stand

Parchment paper

Investing in some big (18-by-24-inch) pieces of parchment paper is one of the best ways to enhance your cake-baking outcomes. Because grocery store packages of parchment paper aren’t quite broad enough to completely cover some dishes, it’s best to purchase these big pieces (available in baking and specialized stores) and trim them down to size. You can cover dishes with aluminum foil or oiled paper as well, but parchment is the best for easily rolling out cakes.

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If You Care Precut Parchment Baking Sheets, Pack of 24

Cardboard cake rounds

Setting a cake on one of these with the same circumference as the baking sheet makes it simple to complete and move your product. If you leak a little frosting around the bottom, simply moving it to a clean cake round or plate will remove the proof. These are also sold in bakeries and specialized stores. In a hurry, use the bottom of a removable-bottom pastry pan or carve a round form from a bigger piece of cardboard.

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Cake stand

While not required for cake making, a gorgeous cake stand is the ideal method to showcase a cake. (especially a candle-covered birthday cake).

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21 Delicious Cake Recipes to Try Out

Now that you know precisely how to make a cake and have all of the necessary tools, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get making! To get you started, here are 21 delicious dessert recipes. Whether you want a light yogurt cake with a sweet fruit filling or a show-stopping white chocolate espresso torte, there’s a recipe for you below.

1. Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Photo of a chocolate zucchini cake made with Dandelion Chocolate chips and walnuts in a baking tin on a marble countertop.

The wetness in this easy, domestic chocolate cake comes from shredded zucchini and buttermilk. Chocolate pyramids look fantastic on top, but any semisweet chocolate chunks will do.

2. Fresh Coconut Layer Cake

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Using freshly shredded coconut elevates this treat far above other variations. The segments are drizzled with a sauce prepared from coconut juice to add taste.

3. Mascarpone-Filled Cake With Sherried Berries

Mascarponefilled cake topped with berries and powdered sugar.

Tender vanilla layers and piquant mascarpone cream complement the finest fruit of the season.

4. Rum-Scented Marble Cake

Rumscented marble cake on a cake stand.

This straightforward Bundt cake has a treat inside: rum-infused chocolate dough layering. Use a Teflon skillet to effortlessly remove the cake while preserving its fine lines.

5. Three Cities of Spain Cheesecake

Threequarter shot of a sour creamtopped cheesecake on a platter with one slice removed to a plate and a second slice...

For a long time, this has been our go-to cheesecake recipe. It’s delicious, buttery, and surprisingly simple to make. The vanilla-scented sour cream covering will hide any fissures in the cake’s top.

6. Double Ripple Ice Cream Cake

Photo of Tara O'Brady's ice cream cake on a plate with a serving utensil.

To create this stunning ice cream cake on its tahini brownie foundation, combine storebought ice cream with fresh plum sauce and a blend of maple syrup and hazelnuts. Warm your knife by putting it under very hot water and wiping it with a cloth before chopping for clean-cut sections.

7. Yogurt Cake With Currant Raspberry Sauce

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Yogurt cakes, like this one, are renowned for their mildly sour taste and extremely juicy texture. The red currant and raspberry syrup gives a splash of color to the white backdrop of the frosting. The neighborhood farmers market is the best location to locate fresh red currants.

8. Mile-High Chocolate Cake

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Dark, juicy strata are wedged between tiers of smooth vanilla buttercream icing, making it a beloved for any event.

9. Classic White Cake Layers

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Bake this airy vanilla cake in round rounds and top with your favorite icing.

10. Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake on a cake stand with a slice removed.

Baked in a tubular form, this traditional angel food cake is crowned with whipped cream and cherries.

11. Peppermint-Chocolate Frosted Double Chocolate Cake

Peppermint chocolate cake with a slice taken out and set on a plate.

The hidden component that makes this cake truly sparkle is freshly made coffee. It perfectly combines the tastes of creamy dulce de leche, rich chocolate, and roasted hazelnuts.

12. Apricot Almond Layer Cake

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Do you enjoy macarons? Then you’ll appreciate this cake’s crisp-yet-tender macaron-like segments. The crispy praline nuts and alcoholic mascarpone cream add a variety of delectable textures and flavors to this cake.

13. Cherry-Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake

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This rural meal, a twist on the traditional pineapple upside-down cake, is prepared in a pan and then turned to reveal the caramelized sugar and fruit. Balsamic vinegar gives the luscious cherries a tangy flavor.

14. Olive-Oil Cake With Candied Orange

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This silky cake is flavored with cardamom and sprinkled with nuts. If feasible, use Turkish or Persian pistachios, which have a stronger taste than California pistachios.

15. Chocolate-Glazed Hazelnut Mousse Cake

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This traditional Gourmet dish is a chocolate lover’s dream. It has a chocolate biscuit foundation, a rich chocolate ganache on top, and a dark chocolate frosting on top.

16. Red Velvet Cake with Whipped Blackberry-Cream Cheese Frosting

A threelayer naked cake with clouds of purple and white marbled frosting on each layer and a crown of blackberries on top.

Although red velvet is a famous Southern dessert taste, it was created in Manhattan. The buttermilk batter’s creaminess, with a hint of chocolate, is ideally balanced by a velvety, silky cream cheese icing.

17. Vanilla-Buttermilk Double-Layer Cake with Raspberries and Orange Cream-Cheese Frosting

Photo of a classic layer cake recipe vanillabuttermilk layer cake with raspberry filling. Slices and whole cake shown.

You might be considering the following for your next celebration cake: Double tiers of luscious cake packed with tart blackberries and lemony icing.

18. Lemon Lemon Loaf

A lemon loaf coated in glaze on a white rectangular serving plate next to a knife.

This straightforward pound cake has a triple dosage of citrus: The cake is flavored with lemon juice and zest, moistened with lemon nectar, and topped with a basic lemon frosting. Make tiny cakes and present them as favors.

19. Majestic and Moist Honey Cake

Honey cake topped with sliced almonds on a clear cake stand with two slices on smaller plates.

This honey cake is incredibly moist—and delectable even after a few days. Fresh citrus juice, made coffee (or tea), and a dash of whisky add additional taste.

20. Cranberry-Maple Pudding Cake

An individual serving of cranberrymaple pudding cake with white frosting on a brown plate with a wooden spoon.

This warming, not-too-sweet meal is similar to a fruit cobbler in the winter. For the finest taste, use high-quality genuine maple syrup.

21. Gluten-Free Chocolate Macaroon Cake

Slices of chocolate macaroon cake on small plates with the remaining whole cake on a serving platter.

Is there no flour? No worries. This decadent ganache-topped cake is dairy- and flour-free, and it tastes like a fantasy. Virgin coconut oil, eggs, vanilla essence, pure maple syrup, and unadulterated coconut milk are among the wet components. Granulated sugar, brown sugar, unadulterated chocolate powder, and coconut shavings are among the dry components.