Adventures of a Cake Diva

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Super Quick Tip: A Scale Is a Baker’s BFF. No Lie. 08/12/2012

Grab a pad of paper and a pen.  I’m going to share with you a super quick tip that will instantly make you a better baker.  No lie.  Are you ready?

A kitchen scale is a baker’s BFF. 

I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard this piece of advice.  In fact, during my first year of baking, I’ll bet I read this tip at least 20 times.  But, I was convinced that I was a careful measurer. (Baloney.)  And, it seemed like it would be too time-consuming.  (It’s not.)  Yet, my cakes were inconsistent.

I’d bake a cake, and it would be perfectionA few weeks later, I’d follow the same recipe to a “T”, but the texture would be a little off.  Or the cake would be dry.  Guess what happened when I started weighing my dry ingredients using a cheap, but accurate, scale?  Problem solved.

Also, I used to divide the batter into my cake pans by simply “eyeballing” it.  Big shocker here—my cakes never baked to the same size.  Guess what happened when I started weighing my cake pans so they’d have the same amount of batter?  Problem solved.

When my cheapo kitchen scale died, I started using (and still use) my old postage scale from when I owned a small business.  Maybe someday I’ll pony up for a fancy kitchen scale, but in my humble opinion, you don’t need one.  As long as it’s accurate, it will get the job done.  Give it a try.  If your kitchen scale is your new BFF, I’d love to hear from you!


4 Responses to “Super Quick Tip: A Scale Is a Baker’s BFF. No Lie.”

  1. […] “no biggie,” “happy dance,” “easy peasy,” “baloney,” or […]

  2. sarah jane Says:

    Using a scale is easy, saves dish washing, and is fun! You can pretend you are a scientist, just like when you were a kid. (Likewise, cake formulas using percentages!)

    • acakediva Says:

      Mambakind, I couldn’t agree more! I feel like I’m a mad scientist every time I step foot into my kitchen 🙂 Thanks for reading and for your comment! –Brooke

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