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I love baking and since I've had my own home I've slowly built up a collection of baking tins and lots of other baking related bits and pieces. One thing I never bought until recently though was a cake tester, I just relied on a pointed knife, however whilst doing my Christmas shopping I was browsing on Amazon and spotted some cake testers, at just over a pound I decided to add one to my order.
The Kitchen Craft Cake Tester had very little packaging it was simply attached to a blue card which showed a picture of a cake
The Kitchen Craft Cake Tester is very similar to a skewer, which a lot of people use to test cakes, except the end isn't as sharp. The cake tester is approximately 16cm's long and made from stainless steel, where as a skewer has a metal handle which can get very hot the kitchen craft cake tester has a neat little handle made from white plastic. This is nothing special although it does have the words cake tester written on it in black letters.
To use the cake tester you simply push the metal rod into whatever you have baked, if it comes out clean then your cake is done, if there's a bit of mixture on the tester then it needs a few more minuets, this can obviously make all the difference to whatever you are baking.
Since I bought my cake tester I have used it loads of times and every time have been really pleased with it and wondered why I hadn't bought one before, it takes all the guess wok out of whether whatever I'm baking is cooked right through or not. Of course sometimes you can tell just by looking but not always and I have been caught out before now. One of the cakes I make regularly because my husband loves it takes quite a while to cook right through despite looking "done" on the top.
Another advantage of a cake tester over a sharp knife is you don't get left with a small cut in the top of the cake, although this doesn't make any difference to the actual taste of the cake it can spoil the appearance of it and after cooking I like the results to look good too.
Cleaning the cake tester is no problem I do mine in soapy water but it is dishwasher proof if you lucky enough to have one.
All in all I've been really pleased with this simple little kitchen gadget, at just £1.25 it was certainly worth it and despite feeling slightly flimsy its still working perfectly and hasn't bent or lost its plastic handle. There are lots of cake testers on the market some plain and some with fancy tops but if you don't want to spend too much of your hard earned cash then I would definitely recommend taking a look at this one.
This is one of them items that isn't completly necessary to own, as in you can make do without it!
I had started to go through a little phase of wanting to make cakes last year.
It all started when I came across these little cake cook books that just looked great, that I wanted to make them myself!
So I started buying a range of little products whenever I came across them that would be nice in the kitchen. One of the items I came across was this cake tester. I think it was from dunelm mill for only £1.50-£2
Previous to buying this I just used a barbecue skewer, but as that was thicker it left more of a noticeable mark on the cake.
The idea behind a cake tester is simple. You just put the tester into the cake to 'test' if it's ready or not.
You will realise if it is ready or not by removing the tester.. if it comes out with bits of uncooked cake mix then it needs longer in the oven and isn't ready.
Basically that's all you do with the cake tester, and it doesn't hold much else of a function.
I didn't actually need to buy this but it was cheap enough and it saved digging out a skewer each time.
The cake tester is really easy to wash under soapy water.
It has quite a big handle to use so you can get an easy enough grip onto it.
It says cake tester on the handle so you can't get it mixed up and wonder what it is lol.
Overall a simple product that does the job.
There's not much else that can be said about what is essentially a stick to prod cakes with ha ha.
Though the good thing is it's easily spotted when amongst all other products in the draw, so I don't need to rattle around for it!
Thanks for reading :)
(this review may also be on ciao)
I like to do some baking, however I wouldn't say I was a brilliant baker by any means. Over the past year, I have been a bit braver and attempted some more cakes, and in fact made my daughters cake for her first birthday. I have now a handful of cakes that I make every so often, especially for special occasions, and when making these cakes, it is vital that I have a way of ensuring they are baked fully, which is not always possible to tell simply from the outside.
When I made my first cake and was advised by the recipe to use a cake tester, I didn't own one and instead used the only thing I had at the time, which was a skewer, which worked fine. For quite a few cakes after that I continued to use my skewer until I noticed this Kitchen Craft Cake Tester on amazon and having a little bit of money left on an amazon voucher, I decided this would be something quite useful, rather than always looking for a skewer in the drawer.
WHen I bought this on amazon, I think it cost me just over £2 and in fact I think it is quite easy to pick up over the internet for a small price. There is nothing fancy about this cake tester, and I suppose, it would be difficult to make such an instrument look exciting. It is simply a stainless steel needle with a topper saying 'cake tester', just in case you forgot what it was when you went to get it again! Although I do actually find that having this topper makes it easier for me to locate this tester in the drawer which is full of utensils.
Obviously a cake tester is used to ensure cakes are baked to perfection, by inserting it into the middle and if it comes out clean, you have a cake that is ready, but if there are still crumbs on it, it needs a little longer in the oven. I have had plenty of occasions in using this cake tester, where the cake has been done perfectly the first time I have tried it, but plenty of occasions, when there has been crumbs on the tester and it has required me to put it back in the oven. So, if you are interested in baking cakes, it really is a great piece of kit, and you don't have to worry about always having a spare skewer in the drawer.
The other positive about this cake tester is that I find it is finer when it goes into the cake. One of the cakes that I make is a little harder on the surface and I find that if a skewer is inserted there is more of a noticeable mark than when using this cake tester.
All in all, for the price that I paid for this cake tester, I would happily recommend it. Yes, you can use a skewer but it is much nicer to have this tool and it doesn't cost the earth!
I love to bake, cakes in particular. In fairness, this mostly stems from the fact that I love to eat cake but due to an allergy to dairy, I find it pretty hard to find cakes in typical supermarkets at a decent price that I am able to eat. I do begrudge paying too much, given that I can usually make them cheaper, so that's what I have taken to doing.
As my Mother knew how much I enjoy baking, she decided to get me one of these cake probes that test whether or not the cake is baked or not. I had never before thought to buy something like this, considering that you can just use a knife or something which will do the exact same thing, but it was a nice idea anyway, and I have actually found that I do use it, which surprised me.
I have no idea how much she paid for it, although it's currently available in John Lewis for £1.50, so I'm guessing she didn't pay too much.
The probe itself is about 15cm long, with the white topper on it that you hold on to, with "Cake Tester" written on it. I don't feel that this is particularly necessary, although I suppose it means you can find it easier in the draw of useless and unused utensils that every household has. That's about the only use I've found for that bit of it, anyway!
Basically, in order to use this, you poke it into the cake (generally in the middle as this bit is the last bit to finish cooking) and then draw it back out again. If it is dry, then the cake is cooked. If it is wet, it needs to stay in for a little longer. It's a simple enough tool to use, and I think that anyone would be able to do so (although of course it should be used by adults, not children, due to the fact that the oven is hot, and so is the cake, and the metal of the probe will get hot when it's put into the cake).
I've had this now for about 18 months and I have to say that it's a very useful tool that has never failed me - not that I can see how it could really fail, but there we go. It's still going strong, and the topper thing hasn't come off yet, which I half expected when I first used it. It doesn't look like it's on there well, but it seems to be!
If I remember correctly from the packaging, it should be dishwasher safe. John Lewis' website states that their version of this product is, anyway. However, I wouldn't take my word for that as I don't have the packaging any more, obviously, and as I don't own a dishwasher this hasn't been tested.
I do enjoy baking cakes and cupcakes and in particular I enjoy making 'character' cupcakes which are always a hit with my young nephew and niece. I have a whole host of baking trays and assorted gadgets and equipment at home to help assist in my hobby.
It was whilst I was shopping online at www.amazon.co.uk a while ago that I was using a gift voucher to purchase some much-needed baking trays and new cake tins as my other ones were looking rather worse for wear. I had a couple of pounds left on the voucher and decided to pop the "Cake Tester" gadget into my virtual shopping basket to use up the rest of the voucher.
When the Cake Tester arrived, I was rather unimpressed by its appearance, I must admit. Comprising of a metal 'rod' that is very thin, the Cake Tester looked rather like an everyday 'skewer' item and I found I was scolding myself for purchasing an item that was rather useless. This initial impression has proven to be incorrect, however, as I have found myself reaching for my trusty Cake Tester more and more in recent times.....
Firstly, the Tester is extremely easy to use. It's purpose is very simple, being designed to (of course!) test your home baking to see if it is ready. The appearance of the Tester is very simplistic and basic, I must confess, with the stainless steel 'rod' being very similar to your average skewer. The tip of the Tester is slightly more rounded than this however, so it's end is not as sharp as that of a skewer that is expected to pierce meat and kebabs, for example. The Tester is very lightweight as you would expect and this makes it easy to use, with nothing feeling cumbersome or fiddly which would put me off from using it. In addition, I don't find that the metal 'rod' is at all bendy, so it is more than capable of coping with its intended use.
There is a plastic 'tab' at the top end of the Tester and this is made of robust white plastic, with the words "Cake Tester" appearing in bold font. The plastic 'tab' never gets overly hot so that it becomes difficult to handle, and it's bright white colouring makes it stand out in the kitchen drawer, so it is easy to locate at times when I am busy or preoccupied. I haven't found that the plastic 'handle' or 'tab' feels particularly flimsy, even though the Tester feels quite lightweight in my hand.
Anybody who regularly bakes at home will know that it can be rather difficult at times to tell if cakes are ready, purely based on their appearance. Of course, a little experience goes a long way with a hobby like home baking, but I do find that large cakes in particular can look lovely and golden and be 'sponge-like' to the touch, only to reveal their insides which are not quite reached their full sponge potential, and would have certainly benefited from a few minutes more in the hot oven. This can be hard to judge, based on appearances alone, and so this is where the trusty Cake Tester comes in.
The centre of the cake (particularly when cooking a large square or round shaped cake) is where the answer to the conundrum lies.... The Cake Tester can be (carefully!) inserted into the centre of the cake and removed quickly before undergoing an inspection. This little test will quickly tell you if your cake is fully cooked in the centre or requires a few more minutes, by way of particles of sponge mixture sticking to the metal rod of the Cake Tester. If the rod is completely clean when it is removed from the centre of the cake, then your cake is ready of course, and should be removed from the oven and allowed to cool. If, however, there are any sticky crumb-like particles clinging to the rod's metal surface, then your cake is slightly underdone in the centre area and a few minutes more cooking time should be allowed, before repeating this process and testing again.
I knew about this 'testing method' a long time ago, long before I purchased the Cake Tester that I use nowadays. I used to use a very small butter knife to test the centre of the large cakes that I bake frequently, and to be quite honest this worked just as well as the Tester, in terms of revealing what the cake's core was doing, at least. One significant flaw of using this small knife however, was that it left a long 'scar' on top of my cake's beautiful top layer - rather annoying to say the least. I do usually ice and decorate my assorted creations, but it is fair to say that I can enjoy this part of my baking much more since having the need to disguise cake 'scars' has been removed!
The Cake Tester washes very easily, with a little washing up liquid and some really hot water being more than ample to remove any cake mixture and crumbs that may have clung to its metal surface. I do believe that the Tester is suitable for washing in the Dishwasher, but have not tried this for myself. I have had my own Tester for several months now and there is really nothing noticeable in terms of wear and tear to the item, so I feel this does confirm the points I made earlier about it feeling quite robust.
All in all, I am quite happy to recommend my Cake Tester Gadget, but I do feel that a normal, metal kitchen skewer would probably work just as well. I paid only around £1.90 for the gadget from Amazon (which included postage costs) and would certainly not recommend paying much more than this price as it is quite a basic item. That is not to say that it is rather handy and useful to have to hand when I am indulging in my favourite hobby of baking cakes, but I couldn't say that it was an essential item to have at home, and it has a rather 'gimmicky' feel about it if I am being honest.
The Cake Tester is available to purchase on both eBay (www.eBay.co.uk) and Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) where prices vary greatly, but you can generally purchase the item for around £2 including postage costs.
I'm always baking cakes, cupcakes and cookies. 5 days out of 7 I would say that there's always a delicious smell of baking wafting from my kitchen. I get my love of baking from my mum, who was always baking us a delicious cake or buns when we were little. My mum always used/uses a 'cake tester' to test whether her cakes and buns were/are cooked. My mum's cakes tester is probably 40 years old or more and is still going strong, it's actually just some sort of a plastic coated skewer type stick, but it's obviously made from some kind of heat resistant plastic.
The purpose of a cake tester is to check whether your cake or cupcakes are cooked. You insert the cake tester vertically into the centre of your cake or your cupcakes all the way down to the base, and then instantly withdraw it, if the cake tester comes out clean i.e. with no sticky or gloopy bits of cake batter attached to it then you know that your cake is ready, if the cake tester comes out with bits of uncooked cake mixture on it then you know that your cake or cupcakes need a little more time in the oven.
To be honest I've never ever used a cake tester until very recently when my mum actually bought me this one. I've always just used a strand of dried spaghetti, this works just as well as an actual dedicated cake tester. At the end of the day most cakes testers are just essentially long thin stainless steel metal skewers, so why not just use an actual skewer, or do as I do and improvise and use a strand of dried spaghetti! The reason my mum ended up buying me this cake tester is because she was watching me bake in the kitchen one afternoon and was horrified that I used a strand of spaghetti as a cake tester, she reckoned that the strand of spaghetti could snap and I'd end up with part of an uncooked spaghetti strand in my cake! Now I've lived away from home for probably 15 years now, and I must have baked absolutely thousands of cakes and cupcakes in that time and I've never had a strand of spaghetti snap on me yet!
I have to admit though that I do love this little cake tester, it's quite funky and quirky, although it is essentially just a thin stainless steel pointy stick with a white circular disc on the top saying 'cake tester'. It does it's job and it's easy to clean I just wipe it over with a damp piece of kitchen roll and pop it back in the kitchen drawer. I like that it does have the little circular disc on the top as this makes it easy to spot in my kitchen drawer and this means that I will probably now use this as opposed to reaching for a strand of spaghetti. One of the reasons that I've never bought one myself before now is that I always remember my mum rummaging in her kitchen drawers looking for hers as she could never find it as it wasn't easy to spot in amongst all the other items in the kitchen drawer.
My mum tells me that this was just £1 off Amazon, and that she has also bought my sister one as well - just in case she is using a strand of spaghetti as a cake tester too (she is, or should I say she was!). My mum also tells me that she's bought a further dozen of these to give as stocking fillers at Christmas!!
So in summary; Do you need this - no. Can you live without this - yes. Can you improvise and use something else instead - yes. Will this turn you into Nigella - no. And finally how on earth have I managed to waffle on for nearly 700 words about a £1 cake tester!!! - ???
I love baking and I love Kitchen Craft products and have loads of them around the house. They do loads of genuinely useful things which I use all the time in the course of cooking to make things a little bit easier.
The cake tester is a bit of a simple product and there isn't a lot to it but it looks cute and I like to have dedicated products for my cooking so that I always know where they are what is supposed to be used for what.
The cake tester is basically a long stainless steel skewer that you use to dip in to a cake to check if it is cooked. If the skewer comes out clean you know it is done whereas if it comes out with bits of uncooked gloop on it then you know the cake needs a little bit more time in the over.
It does actually come in handy as sometimes when baking cakes they can look and feel ready and you don't realise that it needed a little longer until you cut in to it by which time it is too late to do anything about it.
I only need to use this if I am baking a cake that I am unfamiliar with as with cakes I bake on a regular basis I have the cooking times pretty much down pat.
I suppose I could just use a kebab stick but as I said I like having dedicated products for my cooking and baking. I also like the little cute retro looking tin disk on the top which says what it is.
The cake tester is basic but it also isn't expensive and only costs £1 making it worth the money as far as I'm concerned. It is also easy to clean and is dishwasher safe. It won't revolutionise your baking but it is a handy little thing to have regardless.
I must admit I am a terrible cook in most areas, aside for the one exception of baking. I absolutely love to bake, it is one of my favourite hobbies and I have amassed quite a collection of baking equipment and handy little gadgets. One of my latest purchases was this Cake Tester, which I bought from Amazon for the lowly price of just £1.45 after seeing a positive review from another dooyoo member (thanks MEL0611!).
Product description: "Reusable metal cake tester. Helps you achieve perfect results - keeps the guesswork out of cake making!"
The Cake Tester is not the prettiest of pieces to look at; it is made of a small, thin metal rod and a flat plastic bubble at the top to serve as a handle. The handle is a good size to grip on to when using, and the bold "Cake Tester" design helps it to stand out in my drawer, which is really useful as the rest of the tool is quite plain and hard to spot amongst my other pieces.
The idea behind the Cake Tester is that once a cake has finished baking, you then take the Cake Tester and push it through to the base of the tin. If you remove the Cake Tester and it comes out clean then your cake is ready. If you remove the Cake Tester and it comes out with bits of cake batter stuck to it then your cake has not finished cooking through properly and it will need a longer time in the oven. This is such an important thing to check, especially when cooking thicker cakes as they can often stay gooey and uncooked in the middle even though the outside looks perfectly ready.
Before purchasing my Cake Tester I used to use other things from around the kitchen to do the job, such as a knife blade or even a barbeque skewer! This would leave a jagged cut mark in the cake which was very obvious, and looked unsightly as well as causing a big crack through the cake. The Cake Tester tool does an excellent job as it is so thin you can barely notice the mark that is left behind where it was inserted. The Cake Tester measures in at 19cm long, and I have used it for different types of bakes such as small cupcakes, thin cake layers, thick one-piece cakes and deep loaf cakes. It has always reached right the way through all of these cakes with still some left over, and I was really pleased that it works for any thickness cake that I've baked so far.
I have found this easy to keep clean and just wash in hot soapy water like normal. Despite the metal section being very thin and feeling a little bit flimsy due to its delicate size, my Cake Tester has not showed any signs of damage and is still going strong many cakes later. I was a little worried that it would not be very durable, but it has proved me wrong and shown to be hard-wearing.
This simple tool has become one of my favourite pieces despite its rather simple form and purpose. It is invaluable when it comes to testing the state of my cakes, and now I would never use anything else to stab my cakes with! Top marks for a functional item that is an essential in my kitchen.
I have always enjoyed baking but in the past twelve months or so I have started to do it more frequently baking cakes, brownies and cake pops for my friends and family. I am always browsing on the internet for cake related things such as decorating tools and one day I came across the cake tester and bought it as an impulse buy.
I bought the cake tester from amazon, which seems to be my first point of call for anything these days, where it cost £1.95 plus a £1.45 postage and packaging charge from one of their sellers. This is by no means a huge amount of money to shell out but the item is very simple and would not warrant any more than this at all.
The cake tester is basically a long metal skewer but on the top it had a white top which looks much like what darts have at the end! The white part if quite large and features the words "cake tester" in black bold writing so it is easily found in my kitchen drawer when I need it.
Now the reason that I bought this product is because I have a deep tin used for baking cakes which I pinched off my mum and as the cake tin is so deep it is often tricky to know when the cake is fully cooked and so I used to stick a knife in the middle to check which would obviously leave big cuts in the cake! This gadget allows me to make a smaller hole in the cake as it is a thin skewer and I know that if the skewer comes out clean that my cake is cooked through right to the middle.
Of course you could argue that this is just an over priced skewer and to be honest you may well have a point. However, I like the fact that it is easy to find in my kitchen drawer in amongst all my other bits and pieces when I need to use it and I think it looks cute too! The skewer is easily washed after use and I am glad that I bought it as it is a functional item.
Thank you for reading my review!
I am well known for really enjoying baking and I do make a lot of different cakes and desserts both on my own and with little Jack. My favourite cake to make in Nigella's courgette cake which is totally delicious and I would well advise any cake lover to track it down and make it themselves (it sounds strange but it so yummy). Because everyone at work knows how much I like baking for my secret Santa present a few years back I got a ton of baking related items and this cake tester was among those items.
==Price and Availability==
I hadn't seen this product anywhere else before I received it as a gift but there again I wasn't looking for it. Since owning it I have seen it in a variety of cake type shops and of course cheap shops such as Poundstretcher. The prices can vary from around 59p to a couple of pound but because of its size and quality I wouldn't want to pay ant more than £1 for it.
==Look and Design==
This item is cheap and it looks it. The item is basically a tin plastic disc on the top of a metal prong. The plastic disc is white in colour with black text printed onto it which say "cake tester". The metal prong is rather thin although fairly tough and not bendy in the slightest. At the end of the metal section of the gadget there is a thicker flatter area of the metal prong and this is the section that is inserted into the cake.
The item is easy to clean and will often not need more that a quick wipe over if done whilst nothing is encrusted onto it. It isn't dishwasher safe so I have never put it in there.
The idea of this small and simple item and it is basically used to test the middle of your cakes to make sure that they are cooked thoroughly. The metal prong is inserted into the cake and drawn out to see if any cake mixture is left on the prong. If there is any stickiness on the metal area you know that the cake is not fully cooked and needs longer in the oven. If the prong comes out clean you know your cake is ready for taking out of the oven.
I used to just use a metal skewer that I have in my kitchen drawer but I find that this item is easier to locate in the drawer and smaller and more comfortable to hold. I do feel that sometimes the metal prong is slightly too thin and I would have liked it to be a little chunkier.
For a gift I think this item was fairly good. I cant' say that I would have purchased it myself because I was more than happy using a skewer but then like I said it is easy to use and easy to find in my packed kitchen drawer. The thin metal prong is far better at not making any noticeable holes in my cakes and this does make it generally better than using a skewer.
All in all I feel this item is a small and cheap one which is on the whole not too bad. I feel a score of 4 out of 5 is apt for it and I think the slightly cheaper feel to it could be improved a bit. I would however recommend it.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.