Sunday, April 12, 2009

Chocolate Cakes and Muffin Tips

Chocolate cakes
Chocolate is a very popular confectionery thought the world. It has been my favorite food since young. I like to use chocolate as ingredients since I started baking. As chocolate cakes are among the most demanding and tempting pastries available, it is necessary for me to highlight several points when making chocolate cakes. Use only covertures chocolate if possible, because it emits a rich flavor and aroma. The price is much higher than normal cooking chocolate due to the cocoa's fat content.

Chocolate is normally stored in a cool, dry area, but not in the refrigerator. When chocolate is stored in the refrigerator, it absorbs moisture and makes it difficult to melt during baking.There are several ways to melt chocolate. One way is to use a microwave oven. Simply place it in a microwave bowl and let it melt for a few seconds, stirring to melt it evenly. The other way is to place chocolate into a bowl and boil over simmering water. Continue stirring it to dissolve the chocolate.

Keep a close eye on the chocolate cake during baking. As the cake may be dark in color, prick it with a skewer to check whether it is properly baked. If same cake crumbs stick to the skewer, it means the cake is baked. Ultimately, we want the cake to be moist and not dry. Remove the cake from the oven. Leave it in the tin to cool for 5 minute at room temperature before placing it on a wire rack. Decorate the cake after it has completely cooled.

Muffins are mostly leavened by baking powder; therefore I suggest using double action baking powder. The muffins will rise higher and have a lighter texture. Muffins usually have a rough texture compared to cakes. Mixing must be done carefully to avoid over-mixing the better. A wooden spatula or hand whisk is recommended for mixing the better.

Baking muffins require high temperature and must be immediately baked. The oven must be preheated for about 15 minutes before baking the muffins or other baked products. Muffins are usually served fresh from the oven and can only be kept for about two to three days. They can be decorated with cream to present an attractive look, especially for children's parties.

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