Cake Baking Tips

Oct 15, 2010

Try dusting the cake pans with a bit of the dry cake mix or cocoa (for chocolate cake) instead of flour.

As Nigella Lawson says in ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’ when decorating biscuits or cakes for children: ‘Colour as desired: let the artistic spirit within you speak, remembering with gratitude that children have very bad taste.’


In the early 19th century, there were two different uses for the name ‘cup cake’. In previous centuries, before muffin tins were widely available, the cakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins, or molds and took their name from the cups they were baked in. This is the use of the name that has persisted, and the name of "cupcake" is now given to any small cake that is about the size of a teacup.

The other kind of "cup cake" referred to a cake whose ingredients were measured by volume, using a standard-sized cup, instead of being weighed. Recipes whose ingredients were measured using a standard-sized cup could also be baked in cups; however, they were more commonly baked in tins as layers or loaves.

Category: Tips and Recipes

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Posted by Kate Tagent on
Dear Minky Kitten Cakes,
The cakes you made for my children's birthday party yesterday were incredible. Alexander (4) was over the moon with Mickey Mouse and Rupert (3) nearly fell off his chair when he saw his complete Spideman cake. All the parents loved the themed cup cakes too and pretty much everyone there wanted to know where I got the cakes from.
We will definitely be ordering from you again and I will email over some pics for you to post onto your site if you'd like.


Posted by Sarah-Jane on
Dear Kate,

I'm so glad your boys liked the cakes. I hope they had a fantastic party together. The photos would be very much appreciated thanks so much.

Many Minky thanks,
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