Product Type: Kitchen Craft gadgets
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For perfectly baked cakes
Member Name: zombieflesh
Advantages: simple design that does the job!
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.
Summary: A perfect tool for testing cakes
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