Product Type: Kitchen Craft gadgets
Newest Review: ... 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 stainle... more
Probing All The Cakes
Member Name: writeallnight
Advantages: it works, isn't too expensive
Disadvantages: none that i can think of!
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.
Summary: Handy tool if you bake a lot. (Although, a knife is just as good...)